Fash­ion for a wor­thy cause

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

A group of Kar­ratha res­i­dents and busi­nesses have joined forces to put on the Frocks n Fash­ion for Famine event.

On Fri­day, June 16 at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex, res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to get the girls to­gether for what is promised to be a stel­lar night of fash­ion, food, drinks and fundrais­ing.

Pro­ceeds from the event will go to UNICEF’s emer­gency ap­peal to raise money for the South Su­dan chil­dren’s food cri­sis.

Chief or­gan­iser Can­dace Leech said she was mo­ti­vated to raise money for the cause af­ter read­ing a link posted on Face­book by a friend work­ing in Africa which struck a chord.

“Be­cause I’m a mum and ba­bies weren’t even get­ting any food, even from their mums, it af­fected me a lot,” she said.

The South Su­dan famine started ear­lier this year af­ter years of war and drought, caus­ing in­sta­bil­ity in the coun­try.

It has been es­ti­mated to have af­fected al­most 5 mil­lion peo­ple — al­most half of South Su­dan’s pop­u­la­tion.

“I knew I couldn’t do any­thing on my own so that’s when I got a group of peo­ple to­gether and asked ‘What can we do’,” Ms Leech said.

“Kresta (of Hola Pretty) had done a fash­ion show be­fore pre­vi­ously … and it was quite suc­cess­ful so I thought I wanted to do some­thing like that in­volv­ing women.”

The event is open to men and women and will fea­ture a run­way show dis­play­ing clothes from lo­cal fash­ion bou­tiques Hola Pretty and La­bels on Loan, and there will be food by Empire 6714 and en­ter­tain­ment by DJ Panda.

Hola Pretty is an on­line bou­tique cloth­ing store founded by Kar­ratha’s Kresta Scott, and it stocks a range of mainly Aus­tralian qual­ity la­bels, in­clud­ing Asilio, Keep­sake the La­bel, We Are Kin­dred, Moss­man, and Imonni.

La­bels on Loan, founded by Tiffiny Turner, is a re­tail ser­vice al­low­ing women to hire high-fash­ion cloth­ing by Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional la­bels for spe­cial events.

Tick­ets to the event are $70 each, in­clude a glass of cham­pagne on ar­rival, and are avail­able from try­book­ing. com/PTKS.

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