Stars shine at the Enable Ireland Fashion Show

Stars shine at the Enable Ireland Fashion Show

Stars shine at the Enable Ireland Fashion Show

Stars shine at the Enable Ireland Fashion Show. Irish charity, Enable Ireland raised a whopping €20,000 last evening thanks to social media giant, Facebook who hosted the Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show at their international headquarters in Grand Canal Square.

Service users of Enable Ireland along with caring Facebook employees and members of the Blue Diamond Drama Academy, joined Paddy Smyth from RTÉ’s ‘The Fitting Room’ and other professional models who took to the runway to showcase some of this summer’s hottest fashions styles.

After the show the audience were invited to browse through a pop-up marketplace which included premium products from one of Ireland’s leading fashion designers, Darren Kennedy as well as skincare and fashion companies, Chaos & Harmony, Capulet & Montague, Theo & George.

The beautiful catwalk Model Tara Mooney at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show

The beautiful catwalk Model Tara Mooney at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show

Almost 100% of the ticket price (€60 minus the booking fee) went to Enable Ireland and Blue Diamond Drama Academy. These funds, in addition to a donation from Facebook, will support the organisations’ invaluable work providing services and drama programmes to over 7,500 children and adults with additional needs.

Funds raised on the night will go towards supporting some services at Enable Ireland which is currently fundraising for a number of projects including a Hydrotherapy Pool in Sandymount Co. Dublin, a new children’s centre at Lavanagh in Cork, and accessible transport for services across the country.

Top models Benedicte Akambu, Jill Connolly and Anu Walters at Facebook at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

Top models Benedicte Akambu, Jill Connolly and Anu Walters at Facebook at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

Chatting after the event, Facebook’s David Geraghty said: “We couldn’t be prouder to partner with an organisation like Enable Ireland, which makes such a profound difference to the lived experience of differently-abled people across the country. At Facebook, we’re proud to say that we have built our company around the values of diversity and inclusion, so supporting Enable Ireland and organisations like the Blue Diamond Drama Academy, is a perfect fit for us”.

David Geraghty, Kate Sheridan and John O'Sullivan at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

David Geraghty, Kate Sheridan and John O’Sullivan at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

Enable Ireland’s CEO John O’Sullivan also commented, saying : “To be able to partner with a company like Facebook and support their Differently-Abled Network is incredibly important to us. Supporting inclusion for people with disabilities is one of our missions, and we are so happy to partner with Facebook on this inclusive fashion show. Having the support of an organisation as committed to access and inclusion as Facebook means the world to Enable Ireland, and will have positive knock-on effects on the lives of those we support.”

Super catwalk models Moya May and Ciaran Carolan at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

Super catwalk models Moya May and Ciaran Carolan at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

John went on to say “It’s great to see some of the young people who use our services having fun modelling alongside Facebook and Blue Diamond Drama Academy members. This type of event underlines the importance of visibility and representation for people of all abilities, in every sphere of life. Knowing that the proceeds of the evening will go directly towards the supporting our children’s services, and those at Blue Diamond Drama Academy, makes this event all the more special”.

Ingrid Hoey, Dave Geraghty and Benedicte Akambu at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

Ingrid Hoey, Dave Geraghty and Benedicte Akambu at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

Facebook has long held the values of inclusion and diversity at the heart of its mission, in Ireland and everywhere it operates. In its offices around the world, Facebook employs a range of programmes to nurture diversity and inclusion among employees – running courses on managing inclusion and being aware of bias, and encouraging staff to Be the Ally at every opportunity.

One to watch for the future, Runway Model Faith Daly at Facebook at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

One to watch for the future, Runway Model Faith Daly at Facebook at The Enable Ireland Inclusive Fashion Show hosted by Facebook

The company hires on the basis of a ‘strengths-based culture’, and actively welcomes Cognitive Diversity among the workforce , people with different characteristics, backgrounds and perspectives. Credit has to be given to Facebook and their employees along with all the people who turned up on the night to support such a fantastic charity! Photos on the night were taken by Kieran Harnett Photography.

 

Stars shine at the Enable Ireland Fashion Show

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