Launch of Hairy Tulip Competition. – Tralee may have its Roses but Nenagh has its Tulips.

The Hairy Tulip competition takes place on Saturday June 30th 2012 in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in aid of the Nenagh Rape Crisis Centre.

left to right Miss Verity and Lisa Hickey, Tipperary Rose

Eighteen men from all walks of life in Tipperary will be dressing up and entering this year’s Hairy Tulip.  Already the competition is building and all the men participated in a photo shoot last week. In attendance at the photo shoot was Lisa Hickey, Tipperary Rose  who was on hand to give the men ‘beauty tips’. The lineup 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 2 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.

left to right - 'Connie Della Haney', Lisa Hickey, Miss Given and Miss Planter

On the night, MC Martin Langton will put the Tulips through their paces and a judging panel including guest judge, Tipperary Rose, 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 free phone 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.

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