Every year it’s a hit and 2018 was no different, with over 350 attendees to the fourth Leitrim Ladies Lunch in aid of Leitrim-West Cavan Branch of Down Syndrome this event is clearly going from strength to strength.
World Down Syndrome Day falls every year on this week in March and so the Leitrim Ladies Lunch is a fitting awareness and fundraising opportunity, this event is one of the biggest in the country.
Each year the Ladies Lunch Committee make efforts to involve the children with Down syndrome in the event and so this year personalised artwork from the committee of mothers was exhibited on the day as a dedication to the precious things learned from their children. Additionally there was a large piece of art made by the children themselves, a tree symbolising the Leitrim West Cavan DS Branch and a wholesome contribution of the newly setup ‘Friendship Club.’
The singing performance by Noah and Leah Kirwin, a brother and sister duo from Co. Louth also set the tone of pride in our people with Down syndrome, their siblings and the joyful contribution they bring to any occasion. Leah and Noah are confident performers and the bond of their relationship was very evident.
Tom Clonan, guest speaker on the day, is probably best known as a security analyst, Irish Times columnist and media contributor, however the invitation to the Ladies Lunch event was extended in the context of his advocacy work and campaigning for people with disabilities and carer’s and simply for his perspective as a father. Becoming an advocate often evolves from a personal need (Tom’s son Eoghan has a disability) and so he like many parents was plunged into this role inadvertently. Through his recollections on the day, it was clear that he has found his natural position as campaigner and much of his influences were attributed to the long line of courageous and brave women within his family, all campaigners in their own right. Tom himself has been pushing an agenda of equality and justice within his work and academic research for many years.
The 2018 Ladies Lunch committee are delighted that the event was such a huge success and give heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the success of this year’s event. They are already looking to 2019!