The purpose of the Sunrise Foundation is to create awareness of, screening for, and support to those affected by diabetes in society. Its Irish arm hosts an event every World Diabetes Day – a fashion show this year held at Dublin’s Hilton Hotel near the capital’s airport.

The fashion show event – organised by AC Matilda – is a yearly fundraiser for diabetes, and was held on Sunday 13th November. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding the Diabetes Centre at the Mater Hospital, Dublin. If you’d like to make a donation, please contact AC Matilda via her Facebook page.

Vilija (right) from Lithuania operates under the design name River Vilija.


They are known in the business as River Vilija (fashion designer) and Bessing Win (style icon & talent show organiser)

I just started one year ago in Ireland as a designer. In the fashion industry, I first became a model – I was Miss Dublin City in 2015, and I came runner-up for the Miss Ireland title. I then chose to start designing clothes. I’m also an artist and a painter. Actually, I was an artist before I became a designer. I have natural vision for a painting with acrylic. That’s my hobby. I really love art, and creativity. And I love what I do.

Pictured left Tina Nwachutwu, known as Bessing Win. She is CEO of the Variety Show Group in Ireland and the Style Queen in the Ireland pageant for 2016-17.

“The Variety Show Group was founded in 2014. It’s a talent show for children from 7 years to 15 years of age. Forty or fifty children take part each year. It takes place every summer in June. We do rehearsals every Friday in May in Mulhuddart Community Centre, and we’re lucky to have sponsorship from Fingal Council and Eurospar in Hartstown. We train the kids to performance level; we don’t do auditions because we believe that every child will find whatever he or she is good at.”

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