Conor Hughes St Stephen’s Day fundraiser a success

The annual Crosscause fundraiser on Blackrock beach once again proved to be a huge success with Conor Hughes and company raising €5400 on the day. All proceeds will go to towards a new eye treatment clinic in Ghana which Crosscause hope to open within the next twelve months.
Conor’s charity Crosscause has been helping the people of Romania, Moldova and Ghana for over ten years and his St Stephen’s Day get together is the charity’s main fundraiser each year. Over the years Conor antics have become the stuff of legend and have seen him dress up as Charlie Chaplin, a bee, Thierry Henry’s hand as well as hosting his own version of The Gathering (which he labelled The Scattering) all in an effort to raise money for Crosscause.
This year’s event was unable to go ahead on St Stephen’s Day due to very poor weather conditions but undeterred Conor arranged for the fundraiser to go ahead the following day on Blackrock beach. This year’s theme involved penguins, Donald Trump and icecaps all of which loosely fell under the umbrella of raising awareness about global warming. There were ten penguin suits given out on the day who all jumped aboard the floating icecap to surround Conor who was dressed as Donald Trump.
Speaking after the successful event Conor thanked everybody for coming out and helping raise over €5000 for the crosscause charity.
“We’ve been doing this fundraiser for many years now on Blackrock beach and once again the people have come out to support us which we are very grateful for. Unfortunately we were unable to go ahead with it on St Stephen’s Day due to the weather but with the power of social media nowadays it was pretty easy to let people know that we were going to have it the next day instead.
“We wanted to have a little bit of fun with the global warming theme and we had people running around in penguin suits which was good fun. This year we had our fundraiser for our project in Ghana where we hope to open up an eye clinic later this year. Currently people in the village in Ghana where we are going have to travel hundreds of miles to get their eyes treated so this project will be of great value to that region,” explained Conor.

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