Community College Night of Fashion – A Resounding Success

Three generations: Castleisland Community College teacher Elaine Murphy O’Connor with her little girl, Ella Mai and her Nana, Liz Murphy at the college fashion show in aid of MS Ireland on Thursday evening. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Style and glamour were evident in rich abundance at the fashion show organised by the Transition Year class at Castleisland Community College.

By Elaine Murphy, teacher

They drew sustained applause from a packed audience as they walked the walk with style and self-confidence.

And yet behind it all lay weeks of intensive planning, preparation and hard work which were vital ingredients in the night’s success.

These are the essential elements of this and other activities and events organised by the transition year class.

A Resounding Success

They must accept responsibility for every element of the project and must work as a team to make it work. This they did and made the evening a resounding success.

The Fashion Show was organised as part of the students Young Social Innovators Project and they aimed to raise money for their TY programme and MS Ireland. The event raised €1,500 – the majority of which will go to MS Ireland and a token to the college transition year fund.

Approximately 2.8 million people in the world have Multiple Sclerosis and over 9000 of those cases are in Ireland. Multiple Sclerosis statistically effects women more than men.

Vital Support and Services

The students wanted to raise much needed funds for people living with MS and their families and enable MS Ireland to continue to provide vital support and services.

The successful fashion show ensured that they raised more than what they had expected. The generosity of people blew us away.

The students were all actively involved at every stage. They modelled a richly diverse variety of clothing.

A Memorable Evening

The girls wore both casual and more formal dresses; the boys were almost unrecognisable in their suits and all of them then displayed a variety of casual and sports wear.

The audience, which included, not only their parents but also grandparents, demonstrated their appreciation over and over again which helped make it an especially memorable evening for the students.

We would like to thank most sincerely all who sponsored prizes and all the shops who kindly participated.

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