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Lisa Jordan launches Closet Clearout. PICTURE: MAREK HAJDASZ

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Lisa Jordan launches Closet Clearout. PICTURE: MAREK HAJDASZ

Lisa Jordan launches Closet Clearout. PICTURE: MAREK HAJDASZ

KERRY women are being urged to declutter their wardrobes and cross the Cork-Kerry border with their haul for a very good cause. Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest humanitarian aid agency, has launched ‘Closet Clearout’ with the help of Cork fashionista Just Jordan (Lisa Jordan).

The fundraising initiative was launched with a photoshoot in Cork by Killarney photographer Marek Hajdasz yesterday.

It encourages women to give a little and get back a lot by renting a clothes rail at the event taking place at The Clarion Hotel on Sunday, June 12, at 12pm.

The Closet Clearout is an opportunity for women to finally part ways with that pricey dress they have only worn once, such as to a wedding, but it is now starting to gather dust in their wardrobe.

Concern is offering the chance to finally say cheerio to the dress, make some money and potentially grab a designer bargain while helping people living in some of the world’s most impoverished areas.

How it works: Participants purchase a rail at €35 to sell their unwanted garments. When there, they have the chance to make cash from the sale of their rail while browsing other rails and grabbing a bargain for themselves too.
All proceeds from the rail purchases goes to Concern Worldwide.

Just Jordan will be there on the day offering invaluable advice to sellers and will even showcase some of the best dresses up for grabs on the day.

Speaking at the launch at Fran & Jane retailers on Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork city yesterday, Lisa Jordan said: “I always hoped if my blog was ever successful, I would be able to use it to help those in need. I think it's very important to give back and use your voice to make a difference. Concern is a highly respected aid agency and to be involved is truly an honour.

“I will be at the event helping and giving people tips on their stalls. I would urge people to get involved because not only is it an amazing cause but also it gives them the opportunity to declutter their wardrobes and make a little bit of money themselves. It's a girls’ day out with a really positive result, helping those who are desperately in need.”

For more details on ‘Closet Clearout’ and how you can get involved log on to www.bit.ly/ClosetClearoutCork for more details.
 


 
Pictured, top, Lisa Jordan launches Closet Clearout. PICTURE: MAREK HAJDASZ

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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