EIGHTEEN men who are not afraid to display their feminine side will take part in the Hairy Tulip competition on Saturday, June 30, in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh in aid of the Nenagh Rape Crisis Centre.
Already the competition is building and all the men participated in a photo shoot last week with Lisa Hickey, Tipperary Rose, who was on hand to give the men beauty tips. The line-up for the competition is almost complete with the entries so far including Miss Spanner, Mis Laid, Mis Treat, Scarlett Charlotte, Miss Tess Tickles and Connie Della Haney. Of course, the competition wouldn’t be complete without our very own Mrs Brown!! A final qualifier is taking place at Bobby Reidy’s, Newtown, in two weeks’ time and this promises to be hotly contested for the final place.
The committee has been working in the background since January getting the contestants on board and securing volunteers such as make-up artists and wardrobe assistants.
On the night, MC Martin Langton will put the Tulips through their paces and a judging panel, including guest judge Lisa Hickey, will decide the winner.
In addition to raising funds and awareness for Rape Crisis Midwest in a good natured way, this pageant also hopes to challenge the stereotype that Rape Crisis Centres are just for women. Rape Crisis Midwest provides free, professional counselling for male and female survivors of all forms of sexual abuse.
Rape Crisis Midwest recognises that it can be extremely difficult for men to come forward and look for help. Men frequently feel isolated and alone as there is little talk or understanding of the sexual abuse of boys and, particularly, of the sexual assault of adult men. Rape Crisis Midwest however, does provide a safe environment where the survivor comes first. Our Freephone number is 1800-311511
For further details log on to www.rapecrisis.ie or follow the Hairy Tulips on Facebook. Over the coming weeks, photos of our contestants will be on display around the various towns in Tipperary and we would urge you to support them in their fundraising efforts.