Competing for Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year
Gabriella Marsella is one step closer to winning the coveted title of Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year after being chosen as a semi-finalist in the 25 - 34 age category.
Following a nationwide search, Gabriella, who resides in Drogheda, beat off stiff competition from hundreds of entries and is one of eight semi-finalists who will compete to represent Ireland at the Grand Final in London on Tuesday, 10 October at 8 Northumberland Avenue.
Specsavers Drogheda store director David McCloskey and store manager Ann McEntee is pictured presenting Gabriella with her prize, which consisted of a Specsavers eyewear voucher to the value of €215, a framed certificate and a bottle of champagne.
Speaking at the prize-giving, Gabriella said: ‘When I was first prescribed glasses 10 years ago, there was a stigma attached to wearing them and naturally insecurity followed. It’s so nice that this stigma no longer exists as I now feel stylish in my specs and receive a lot of compliments when I wear them!’
David McCloskey, store director at Specsavers Drogheda added, ‘We are delighted that a customer from our store has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the 25-34 category and we would like to congratulate Gabriella on this achievement. She wears her glasses with style and confidence so is a worthy winner in our eyes.’
The Irish semi-finalists were chosen from all over the country across five age categories; 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and 60+. Competition ambassador and former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle will announce the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year who will win €12,000 in cash and €1,000 to spend on eyecare in Specsavers.
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Now in its 22nd year, the competition raises valuable funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin with €1 donated to the charity for each eligible entry received. The money raised will go towards the development of The Department of Ophthalmology, adding to the €180,000 that Specsavers has already raised for the charity since 2014.