Outreach Moldova is an Irish Charity that is dedicated to providing human rights, medical care and social inclusion for children that have been abandoned or orphaned, children with special needs and children with terminal illnesses in the Republic of Moldova. The goal of ORM is to provide immediate and ongoing assistance where needed, provide the necessary training and supervision required, assist in and develop long-term, self-sustaining programs that will have a positive and lasting impact in the lives of these needy children and their care givers. They also strive to provide for the communities working with these children
In support of this amazing organisation, there was an impressive turnout in Buck’s Townhouse on Tuesday evening for the launch of the much talked about Models for Moldova Calendar 2011. Many of the models involved turned up and brought along their friends and families. With appletinis flowing and the walls of the club adorned with the images, taken by photographer Michelle Connor, the celebratory atmosphere was appropriate when the story of Outreach Moldova had finished being explained to the guests. We were stunned into silence first by a shocking video of the orphaned and ill children in the appalling conditions in which they were found – some were chained by their necks, ankles and wrists to radiators, while others were simply left to starve to death, thought of as nothing more than an animal, useless to society. This was followed by positive images of an orphanage overturned by the hard work and dedication of the charity and its founders. The children’s happy faces, rehabilitation and improved health sent a sigh of relief around the room and definitely inspired everybody to buy a copy of the calendar. At just €12.99 each, every cent of the money raised goes directly to support and improve the lives of hundreds of needy Moldovan children. The calendars are available from Eason stores nationwide and online at www.modelsformoldova.org I would strongly urge you to please consider purchasing a copy or two as Christmas presents. For a great cause and with beautiful imagery… it’s a win-win situation!!
A selection the of calendar pictures is below – just hold your cursor over the image for each name and corresponding month.
I would also like to say a big thank you to the fab new shop, ‘Born’, in Dundrum Town Centre for my festive red dress, and to Suzanne McCabe for my sparkly bangle from www.blingbling.ie!