Arklow celebrates International Women’s Day with Fundraiser for Turkey and Syria earthquake appeal

International Women’s Day was celebrated with a lunchtime event hosted by the Arklow Town Team last Thursday which raised funds for the Turkey and Syria earthquake appeal.

The event took place in the Arklow Bay Hotel with a theme this year of “Embrace Equity”.

International Women’s Day takes place on the 8th March each year and Arklow Town Team was keen to mark the annual event while at the same time raising funds for the earthquake appeal.

Cllr Miriam Murphy of Arklow Town Team said: “International Women’s Day highlights the need for equity – equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA. We are delighted to hold this event again and hope that our fundraising efforts on the day will go some way to help those in need in Turkey and Syria.”

Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council Emer O’Gorman in her address praised the work of the Town Team, recognising its positive impact on the local community.   Saying it was an honour and a privilege to be part of the event, she relayed her own personal experience on how her career developed and encouraged the Transition Year students in attendance to find their own path to achieving their goals.

Participants enjoyed a lunch in the Arklow Bay Hotel and also heard contributions from Rachel Tyrrell, Innovation Award Winner in the LIFT Ireland Leadership Awards and Zeliha Redmond who is co-ordinating an earthquake donation appeal in collaboration with the Turkish Embassy.

Arklow Town Team would like to thank Arklow Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the table for the Transition Year students in attendance.

Arklow Town Team is made up of volunteers from community, business and the local authority and would like to thank all who have donated generous prizes for the fundraiser which included hampers, vouchers, crystalware, event tickets and others prizes.

The Town Team thanked all who attended and supported the raffle which raised a total of €941 for the Turkish and Syrian Earthquake appeal.

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