Dee Kelly Morgan Style Advisor at Mahon Point Shopping Centre prepares her wardrobes for the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend. Pic: Clare Keogh

THE annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun weekend in aid of Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society, takes place at the Celtic Ross Hotel Rosscarbery from October 12th-14th this year.

Now in its fifth year, the weekend in one of the most picturesque settings of West Cork, offers girls of all ages the perfect escape away from everything.

A time to chill out and unwind with lots of fun, relaxation and pampering, and at the same time fundraise for a charity close to many people’s hearts.

Helen Wycherley Owner of the Celtic Ross Hotel said, “The weekend is the perfect time to get the girls together – sisters, daughters, mothers, mothers in law, best friends, school friends – and have a fantastic weekend while spending quality fun time together.

“There are so many different activities to take advantage of from tarot readings to salsa and dirty dancing, soothing facials to relaxing walks along the beautiful scenic coastline.”

The main event on the Saturday afternoon is a ‘Flaunt Your Assets’ Fashion Workshop hosted by Dee Kelly Morgan Style Advisor from the Mahon Point Shopping Centre.

Eight lucky women will receive a style transformation by Dee together with a hair makeover by Pam Morrissey from Sobe Brown and makeup by Lancôme.

The women will strut their stuff on the ‘Flaunt Your Assets’ catwalk during the event. There will also be market stalls on display that the women can browse and shop at their leisure.

On the more serious side of things, the weekend, which takes place during Action Breast Cancer Awareness Month, raises money for the free services that Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society, offer to women with concerns about breast cancer, those who have developed breast cancer and also breast cancer research.

After four years this annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend has raised nearly €22,000 for Action Breast Cancer.

Rose O’Dea, community fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society said, “We are absolutely delighted that the Celtic Ross Hotel has agreed to partner with Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society once again and that it will take such an important lead in fundraising for this increasingly common and often life-altering disease.”

Other highlights during the weekend include Reach to Recovery Breast Cancer real life experience, Tarot Card readings with Louise Kings and The Sandman, Pilates, Yoga, Infinite Tai Chi, West Cork Food Talk, Historical Guided Tour of Rosscarbery, Salsa & Dirty Dancing, Pedal Boats in Lagoon Activity Centre, a soothing Facial or relaxing Massage in the Holistic Suite with more surprises unveiled during the weekend.

There is a Sensational Banquet on the Saturday night with a pink Champagne Reception and a Best Dressed Ladies competition.

Liam Sheehan Mentalist and Magician Extraordinaire will wow the ladies during the evening.

Due to popular demand Shine The Band return to provide the after dinner entertainment to keep the girls dancing until the early hours.

And the next day before departing for home, the girls will receive a fabulous goodie bag to say Thank You for supporting the weekend.

The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend in aid of Action Breast Cancer is still just €185 per person sharing including two nights B&B, Champagne Banquet on the Saturday night, a Mini Facial or Mini Massage in the Holistic Suite and includes all the extra activities during the weekend.

For further information visit www.celticrosshotel.com.