Gem of a fundraiser

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

OLIVIA is among teenagers from Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal’s Ward 7Teen who are work­ing with jew­ellers Sok­lich & Co to cre­ate an auc­tion item to raise money for Starlight Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion.

Over the past few months, Sok­lich & Co jew­ellery de­signer Terry Hunt has taken pa­tients through work­shops to cre­ate de­signs for a one-off diamond ring that will be auc­tioned at the Starlight Five Chefs Din­ner in Septem­ber.

Fi­nal de­signs com­pleted by the teenagers will be put out for public vote at PMH and the win­ning de­signer will be in­vited to Sok­lich & Co’s work­shop in South Perth to brief jew­ellers on the finer de­tails and even­tu­ally help make it.

The ring will re­flect Starlight’s phi­los­o­phy of bright­en­ing the lives of se­ri­ously ill chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

It will in­clude Ar­gyle dia-

d440769 monds, tan­zan­ite and 18-carat yel­low and white gold.

Mr Hunt said work­shops were be­ing held in the Livewire ado­les­cent rooms that have a strict “no adult ad­mis­sion”.

“I feel it’s some­thing of an hon­our to be in­vited into this teenage sanc­tu­ary,” he said.

Starlight Hos­pi­tal Pro­grams man­ager Emma Cahill said the work­shops were a great way to pos­i­tively dis­rupt the hos­pi­tal en­vi­ron­ment. “For a sick teen to have their de­sign brought to life is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity,’’ Ms Cahill said.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Olivia is one of the teenagers work­ing with Sok­lich & Co to cre­ate a diamond ring for auc­tion.

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