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It was white on Saturday night for Claudine Keane as she joined Georgina Byrne and Nicky Byrne, Cecelia Ahern, Miriam Ahern, Roz Flanagan, and Gerald Keane at The CARI Charity Red Ball.

The CARI Red Ball took place in The Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin on Saturday night.

Roz Flanagan thanked all who attended and all who sponsored this event, helping CARI to relaunch an important fundraising event in the CARI Calendar.

Claudine Keane | Brian McEvoy
Claudine Keane with her mother Joan Palmer and Roz Flanagan | Brian McEvoy

CARI provides a professional child therapy and counselling service to children and families who have been affected by child sexual abuse.

The evening commenced with a Gin reception kindly sponsored by Dingle Whiskey Distillery, after which guests enjoyed a four-course meal with delectable wines sponsored by The Port House.

Alan Hughes was the charismatic MC for the evening, and during dinner – guests were entertained by Holly and Kavanagh Dance Academy.

After dinner a select auction took place where Gerald Kean put a number of lots under the hammer. A fun filled raffle followed. The evening continued with entertainment from The Runaways with dancing until the early hours of the morning with DJ Dan Stritch.

Nicky Byrne and Georgina Byrne | Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick | Brian McEvoy

Guests who attended on the night included Miriam Ahern and Terry McCoy, Roz and Vincent Flanagan, Cecelia Ahern, Georgina and Nicky Byrne, Karl Broderick, Paul and Dominque Byrom, Mary Byrne, Claudine Keane and Joan Palmer to name but a few.

CARI is a voluntary organisation, founded in 1989 to provide therapy and counselling to children and teenagers that have been affected by Child Sexual Abuse.

CARI’s focus is to address the long-term needs of children and teens that have experienced sexual abuse. This coupled with the fact that they also treat the non-abusing members of the family and the siblings makes their approach unique.

Sonya Valadi and Gerald Kean | Brian McEvoy Photography
Cecelia Ahern, Georgina Byrne and Miriam Ahern| Brian McEvoy

CARI also provides a Lo-call National Helpline and a National Court Accompaniment Service for child witnesses, along with an accompaniment service for children attending forensic examinations in the immediate aftermath of disclosure in both Galway and Dublin.

With limited government funding to date CARI is entirely dependent upon its fund-raising efforts in order to continue to offer these vital services.

Thousands of children have recovered their childhoods and more recently we have accompanied hundreds of children attending court. Money raised from this evening’s event is essential to CARI to maintain each and every one of these important services for children.

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