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‘Irish born and bread’ tee-shirts already a big hit in hours after the Storm Emma.
Amy Huberman has turned a Storm Emma joke she made on Twitter in to a clever fundraiser for the housing and homeless charity Focus Ireland.
The actress was tweeting during the bad weather with a series of puns about the rush by the public to buy bread. She had tweeted: “Will someone please make Irish born and bread” t-shirts for Paddy’s Day?
A few minutes later the online T-shirt Company HairyBaby.com replied with a tweet and after some banter Amy revealed later the same night that she had teamed up with the company who had already designed the t-shirt. The best thing is that all profits from sales are to be donated to Focus Ireland to help the charity in its work challenging homelessness and changing lives.
The ”chari-tees” cost €25 for adults and €16 for kids with all profits going to Focus Ireland and they can be bought here https://www.hairybaby.com/t-shirts/chari-tees
Amy said:” The great thing about this was how quickly it all happened. It shows the really positive side of social media. Within a few hours of my first tweet I was in touch with the HairyBaby com guys who designed this t-shirt from my tweet. They were amazing the way they did it all so fast. We wanted all the profits to go to a good cause and Focus Ireland do such vital work helping families and individuals who are homeless and those at risk. ”
The reaction on twitter has been amazing so far with orders flooding in since Amy tweeted on Saturday night.
Over 3,500 people have liked her tweet in the first few hours alone.
“Pls RT. So after my tweet earlier re #stormemma & #breadgate about the T-shirts myself & @HairyBabyTees quickly came together & we now have this just in time for Paddy’s Day with ALL PROFITS going to @FocusIreland Help us raise money for the homeless https://t.co/GAgCI9Bjw7”
Amy said: “We have been overwhelmed to see such a positive reaction. It is nice that people can have a bit of fun and get a great t-shirt all while helping a great cause like Focus Ireland. I have asked people to retweet my message so we can sell as many possible and raise funds to go towards helping the over 9,000 men women and children who are homeless in Ireland.”
Meanwhile, Darragh Murphy from HairyBaby.com said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Amy Huberman this month for a not for profit limited-edition charity t-shirt with all profits going to Focus Ireland to help with the great and much needed work that they do.”
Roughan Mac Namara from Focus Ireland said: ”This has been so nice of Amy and HairyBaby.com to get this going from an idea to reality in less than a few hours as the tee-shirts were already on sale last night. We are so thankful to them and everyone buying the tee-shirts. We have to raise half of our annual budget to keep our services helping over 14000 people a year going and this great fundraiser will help our cause.’ Things were difficult for people during Storm Emma but our staff were amazing….walking through the snow to make sure our services were there for all who needed help’