‘A Vintage Affair in St Mary’s Charity Tea Rooms in support of ‘To Russia With Love’

 Local man hosts an afternoon of Coffee, Cake and Conversation for Irish Charity ‘To Russia With Love’

John Darcy (21) from, Ballyvooney, Stradbally, Co Waterford, will host a special afternoon of tea delights for Irish Charity ‘To Russia With Love’ on Saturday, August 23rd.  ‘The Charity Vintage Tea Rooms’ in The Church of Ireland on Jacknell Street, Dungarvan Co Waterford will provide the setting for the event which will be take place from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. All proceeds will go directly to support the work of the charity with abandoned and orphaned children in Russia.

The Vintage Tea Rooms are a unique concept which were setup by Dungarven lady, Ria Drohan, and have raised almost €50,000 for local charities over the past five years. Guests will have the opportunity to step back in time in the charming surroundings of the Charity Vintage Tea Rooms where they will enjoy traditional afternoon tea fayre to the backdrop of music from the 40’s.

The fundraising event is being organised by John Darcy (21), a young University of Limerick Business student, who has raised over €8,000 for charities and is now in his fourth year organising events that generate awareness and funds for important causes. Mr Darcy explains “I am in awe of the work of ‘To Russia With Love’ who over the past 15 years under the leadership of Debbie Deegan have loved, cared and educated thousands of children. Many of whom have gone onto become lawyers, doctors and accountants. It is an honour to organise another event for this wonderful Irish charity and this year we will host our afternoon in the wonderful tea rooms.”

2014 has been a challenging year for ‘To Russia With Love’ with the charity struggling to make ends meet to continue their work in Russia. Debbie Deegan, Founder of ‘To Russia With Love’ says “We have hundreds of children under our wings and every donation is very precious. Now more than ever before, we need the support of the public to ensure that we can continue improving the lives of the abandoned and orphaned children. We are very grateful to John, his fundraising event at Kilmokea Country Manor was a huge success last year and this will be his second year raising some much needed funds for ‘To Russia With Love’, in The Charity Vintage Tea Rooms.”

‘To Russia With Love’ is an Irish charity founded in 1998 by Debbie Deegan. Since then the charity has transformed the lives of over 5,000 abandoned and orphaned Russian children. With the support of the Irish public, the charity now offers its programmes of care in many orphanages across Russia teaching life skills for a brighter future and providing children with improved living conditions, healthcare and education. A tireless campaigner and fundraiser Debbie managed to bring Oscar nominated studio Brown Bag films on board to create a short animated feature film titled ‘Anya’ that was released in April 2014 and can be viewed online.

For more information or to book tickets for the special event please contact  John on 087 9004530 or alternatively you can like St Mary’s Charity Vintage Tea Rooms on Facebook. To make a donation and support the work of ‘To Russia With Love’ see www.torussiawithlove.ie