LITTLE Olivia Hegarty, from Ballynoe, County Cork, was delighted to be surprised this week, with a delivery of almost 650 brightly coloured baby bibs to her home.
Olivia, who attends the Down Syndrome Centre Cork (DSCC), was very happy to see the massive delivery from Ballincollig-based babyboo.ie
Her mum Joanne, told the Evening Echo that the brand new bibs were donated to DSCC by Vicki and Michelle, the mums who run the company.
“One of the kids in the DSCC, Abbey Dillion, models for Babyboo,” Joanne said.
“I had met Vicki and she had asked if we would like some bibs and, of course, I said we’d take them. I didn’t hear about it again until they just came in the post!
“Two massive boxes arrived from DHL, almost 650 bibs, it’s very generous of them.”
Babyboo design bibs, hats, blankets and swaddling that are kind to babies and children with sensitive skin but also come in cute designs.
Founded by two Cork mums, their products draw on their own parenting experiences.
“We’re going to keep some for Christmas and give them out to the kids. We’re also planning on putting together some sort of collage or photo with all the kids in the bibs,” Joanne said.
The Down Syndrome Centre Cork provides intervention services to young children with Down Syndrome between the ages of one and seven, and their families.
Up to 50 families access the centre, according to Joanne.
“Olivia is two and-a-half. She would access speech therapy and occupational therapy at the centre. It’s run by parents, all voluntarily.”
DCCC recently hosted a very successful ‘Buy My Dress’ sale, raising almost €10,000 for the centre.
Joanne was also delighted to see great support for the centre at Tesco Wilton recently, she added.
“The donation bucket was almost full to the brim. It’s great to see. The people of Cork have been very good to us.”
Bull McCabes Pub, on the airport hill, will host ‘Rock and Roll Bingo’, in aid of The Down Syndrome Centre Cork on October 14.