Charity Easter egg hunt is on
Some of the eggs to be auctioned for the Jack and Jill foundation have been decorated by notables such as Guggi, Felim Egan, Rasher, John Rocha, The Strypes (above), Rick O Shea and Joe Duffy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times
A major Easter egg hunt and on-street art display will take place across Dublin city for 40 days and 40 nights in aid of the Jack and Jill foundation.
One hundred eggs, 2 ½ foot high and decorated by artists, have been hidden all around the city. Some of the eggs have been decorated by notables such as Guggi, Felim Egan, Bray artist Rasher, John Rocha, The Strypes, Rick O Shea and Joe Duffy.
All the eggs will be auctioned in aid of the foundation. The online auction starts out on thebigegghunt.ie and will culminate in a live auction at the Four Seasons hotel on March 23rd.
An Easter egg hunt will also take place from today with a map available online at thebigegghunt.ie to help find where the eggs are hidden.
Mary Anne O’Brien, co-founder of the foundation and founder of Lily O’Brien’s chocolates, commended the artists for their help with the project. “The artists have been so generous. Rasher gave up three months of his time to design one of the eggs. He took his egg to pieces and rebuilt it. The eggs are a real labour of love.
“All of the proceeds go towards the babies in the Jack and Jill foundation. At any time, we’re looking after 300 babies nationwide. We hope to raise €250,000,” said Ms O’Brien.
Irene Uhlemann, an artist who decorated one of the eggs, said she was delighted to be involved in such a “worthwhile project”.
“It [her egg] took 10 hours to draw and about 45 hours in total to paint and finish it. If people can dig deep and buy an egg it would be great,” she said.