Teddy Suntastic!

Teddy Suntastic!

22 June 2010

Father's day was extra special for the many families from all over Munster who attended a huge charity Teddy Bears Picnic in glorious sunshine at Fota House, which was just one of many picnics that ran as part of a nationwide campaign in association with Select Hotels of Ireland.

The fundraising picnic was in aid of the very special children's charity Barnardos, providing a wonderful day of fun and entertainment including a special performance from Irish and now World famous singing sensations, Crystal Swing, as well as lots of music, egg & spoon races, sack races, clowns, magicians, and an all day BBQ.

The excited kids also received their very own goodie bag and there was a special treat for the girls with face painting & cute princess hair styles. As a special Father's Day treat, Dads received their own special pampering with a relaxing massage and treatments.

Una Young, GM of Select Hotels of Ireland, was delighted with the turn out on the day, "I am so pleased we had such a great turn out and I can't wait to find out how much we raised! Not just here, but also at each of our 24 hotels up and down the country, who were all hosting their own Teddy Bears Picnics in aid of Barnardos."

Not only did Select staff give up their time for free, but local community members and businesses were also involved. Una added "I can't thank everyone enough for all their contribution. The fact that our staff and outside businesses gave up their time for free, receiving generous spot prizes, and Fota House providing us with this wonderful idyllic setting, definitely made it a magical day for everyone."

Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos stated "I'm very grateful for the support we have received here today. Everyone has been so generous and it's great to see communities working together to support charities in the current climate. The Barnardos teddies were definitely out in force with many families "adopting" them which is definitely an added bonus on the day."

For further details on Select Hotels, and a list of their 24 hotels around the country, visit www.selecthotels.ie or call (021) 4391998.