Down Syndrome fundraiser, 'Buy My Dress' in Laois this Saturday

Down Syndrome fundraiser, 'Buy My Dress' in Laois this Saturday
News Reporter @laoisnews

Buy My Dress is coming to Laois this Saturday, October 8 in O’Louglins Hotel, Portlaoise from 11am to 5pm.

A selection of over 1,000 new and preloved dresses will be on sale with prices starting from as low as €5.

Donations have been received for the event from Heidi Higgins, Yvonne Connolly, Annemarie Kelly, Blossomtime and Kate Cooper to name a few.

So come along and grab a bargain and show your support for a worthy cause. All monies raised from the sale are going to the Down Syndrome Centre Midlands(DSCM).

DSCM is a new charity set up to cater for adults and children with Down syndrome in the Laois, Kildare and Offaly region. Their goal is to provide support and services to all with Down Syndrome in the region.

Research carried out on people with Down Syndrome suggests that those who attend essential services (Speech, OT etc) and get early educational support are better able to contribute to and integrate into society in general.

“We want our children and adults to reach their full potential and be accepted as contributing members of society not viewed by their limitations but respected for all they can achieve,” said the group.

“ Our dream as parents is that our kids would one day vote, possibly have a partner and hold a job if able and lead as ‘normal’ a life as possible. To help achieve this dream for our children and adults The Down Syndrome Centre Midlands intends to initially offer the following:


Occupational Therapy

Skip (an early intervention programme)

Home Tuition/Summer School Support Programme


Family Resource

“Although affiliated to our Dublin counterpart DSCM is an independent charity we do not have to report to or give any of our funds to a head office, all monies raised in the midlands will be spent in the midlands in addition our only criteria to avail of our services is Down Syndrome.

“Our ultimate goal is to one day have our own centre, until then we will rent rooms in various locations for our services to best serve the needs of those wishing to avail of them.”