A “Spooktacular” Halloween Fancy Dress will be held on Friday 30th October at The Wallis Arms Hotel in Millstreet, with all proceeds raised going to the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (CFAI).
Organised by Aubane Social Club and The Wallis Arms, this annual charity event promises to be a fun filled night with music by The Celts at 9pm followed by Mad Dave DJ, a delicious barbecue with O’Leary Family Butchers, a super raffle and of course prizes for the “Best Costumes”.
Guests will be able to bid of fantastic items such as signed Munster and Ireland Rugby Jerseys, a Laptop worth €2,000, two weeks in an apartment in Portugal, Spa Treatments at The Brehon and much more in the Charity Auction, with proceeds going directly towards Cystic Fibrosis (CF) facilities in Cork University Hospital.
Organiser, Aine Collins from the Aubane Social Club said “This year we decided that all funds raised will go to CFAI. In January of this year, my daughter Lilly Cassidy was diagnosed with CF, and this brought CF to the forefront of our minds. Children born today with CF can expect to live near normal, full and productive lives, provided that the correct facilities are in place; and monies we raise will go a long way to ensuring this becomes a reality.”
Tickets for the Halloween Fancy Dress are €10 each and will be available on the night. Up to 1,000 people are expected to attend. Donations can also be made in advance of the event by phoning Aine Collins on (087) 2326945 or by sending a cheque made payable to “Annual Charity Fund” to the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet.
Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland
The CFAI is a voluntary charitable organisation set up in 1963 to increase knowledge and awareness of CF and to give advice and support to people with CF and their families. As well as fundraising towards dedicated CF units throughout the country, the CFAI also:-
Funds Medical & Scientific Research
Financially supports specialist CF multi-disciplinary posts in hospitals throughout Ireland
Provides a home physiotherapy service to people with CF, providing a physiotherapy service to young children with CF and training in new breathing techniques
Campaigns at political level for increased and improved services for people living with CF
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis – or CF is Ireland’s most common life threatening inherited disease. CF is a genetic disorder. It is not contagious, you are born with it. Approximately 1 in 19 people are carriers of the CF gene and when two carriers parent a child there is a 1 in 4 chance of the child being born with Cystic Fibrosis.
CF affects the glands, damaging many organs including the lungs, pancreas, digestive tract and reproductive system. It causes a thick sticky mucus to be produced, blocking the bronchial tubes and preventing the body’s natural enzymes from digesting food.
Children born today with CF can expect to live a near normal, full and productive life, provided that the correct facilities are in place.
Ireland has the highest prevalence of Cystic Fibrosis in the World and Ireland has the most severe types of Cystic Fibrosis in the World. Despite this Ireland have the poorest resources for Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Europe.
In other countries CF in-patients are treated in single rooms, but this is not available for most CF patients in Ireland, as highlighted in the 2005 Pollock Report.