Age Action and the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind are teaming up with a group of celebrities this October to organise hundreds of fundraising tea parties across Ireland.
The Guess Who’s Coming to Tea event is a fundraiser with a twist, in that anyone who organises and registers a tea party will be in with a chance of having one of the celebrities of their choice drop in on the day for a cuppa.
The celebrities supporting the fundraiser are broadcasters Jimmy Magee and Martin King, hurling star Donal Og Cusack, sports legend Ronnie Delaney and celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean. There is also a surprise celebrity who will not be named before the event takes place.
“We are really excited that two national charities are linking for the Guess Who’s Coming to Tea event,” Age Action chief executive Robin Webster said. “Our target is to organise 500 tea parties in homes, schools and workplaces across Ireland to help raise €100,000 to fund the vital working done by the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and Age Action.”
“If the event is to be successful, we will need the help of all our members and friends around the country,” Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind chief executive Padraig Mallon said. “We are urging the supporters of both charities to organise a tea party in their community and to encourage family members to do likewise in their localities and workplaces.”
The tea parties will be held as part of Age Action’s Positive Ageing Week , which runs from October 1 (UN International Day of the Older Person) to October 9 (World Sight Day). It is hoped that the Guess Who’s Coming To Tea event will raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as a major national public health issue. The event is proudly sponsored by Bluebird Care.
Supporters can register their tea party, vote for their celebrity guest and get their party packs to help them celebrate the day by visiting www.guesswhoscomingtotea.ie or phoning 01-4756989.
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