Cork GAA club blown away by response to charity clothes drive 

Cork GAA club blown away by response to charity clothes drive 
Cllr Joe Kavanagh, Lord Mayor of Cork, pictured with Wendie Sexton, (left) a juvenile coach at Brian Dillons H&F and Camogie Clubs, and Claire Harrington of Edel House with boxes of ladies and children's clothing donated by the local community to the clubs for Edel House in Cork.Picture: Denis Minihane.

A Cork GAA club has expressed sincere thanks to the public following an "unreal" response to a recent charity clothes drive.

Brian Dillons GAA Club, based in Montenotte, recently donated approximately 140 full boxes of clothing to Edel House.

Based on Grattan Street, Edel House, part of the Good Shepherd Cork, provides emergency accommodation to homeless women and children.

At the helm of the hugely successful clothing drive was Wendie Sexton, a coach at Brian Dillons GAA.

"I’m a coach with Brian Dillons under-fives and we recently did a food drive for another charity but we included Edel House in it as well because we had such a response.

"I was talking to the Events Manager of Edel House and asked them what they needed.

"They told me women and kids clothes so that’s how it started," Wendie told The Echo.

"It was a case of killing two birds with one stone I guess because it was something to keep my mind occupied during the lockdown and also a way to help Edel House," she added.

Cáthal Sexton, an under 10 player with Brian Dillons Club, pictured with some of the boxes of ladies and children's clothing donated by the local community to Brian Dillons H&F and Camogie Clubs for Edel House in Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Cáthal Sexton, an under 10 player with Brian Dillons Club, pictured with some of the boxes of ladies and children's clothing donated by the local community to Brian Dillons H&F and Camogie Clubs for Edel House in Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

After the idea was hatched, Club Chairperson, Derek Connolly, made up flyers and Wendie also used the power of social media to spread the word about the clothing drive.

"Derek Connolly made out flyers for us and I had them posted up in every shop locally. 

"I also had the appeal up on Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. 

"We did have an unreal response to be fair – approximately 140 boxes were collected. 

"Everything came in bags so I had to separate them and make sure that everything was wearable. 

"90% of the stuff that came in still had tags on, they were brand new," Wendie said.

The Club’s clothing drive was also supported by a Cork cardboard packaging company. 

"A company in Little Island, Pakform, donated 150 boxes. We were extremely grateful for that," Wendie said.

Once all the clothing was gathered, Wendie separated them into different categories labelling each box to make everything easier for Edel House.

On behalf of the Club, Wendie expressed her sincere thanks to everyone who supported the clothing drive.

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