Fashion models for a cause
FASHION was used for a good cause when the Wesley College Parents’ and Friends’ Association did its bit to help women fleeing domestic violence.
A total of $1300 was raised for UnitingCare West women’s refuge Wyn Carr House during a fashion show at the association’s annual ladies’ lunch on September 2.
UnitingCare West service area manager Margaret Muntinga said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the fundraising effort.
“Domestic violence has been in the news quite a lot in the last few years and so it gladdens the heart to know that people out there want to help women in refuges,” she said.
“I’m not sure what exactly we’ll use the money for; we’ve been providing yoga and we need some equipment but we are also considering some outdoor furniture.
“The toiletries that were donated are also appreciated; we leave the toiletries on the beds so when women come here they know they are appreciated.”
Association social and fundraising chairwoman Lyndsay Avern said in previous years the group had collected toiletries, but this year they decided to go a step further.
“We approached fashion retailers about donating outfits and the response was fantastic, and so we then approached some mothers about modelling and they were happy to do that,” she said.
“I think it shows the tremendous community spirit; we also had stylists and hair salons come on board.
“It’s become a tradition to donate to UnitingCare West; we want to help women going through terrible situations.”
Model line up: Michelle Pateman, Celeste Hilmer, Judy Grimmer, Terena Solomon, Emma Luck, Hayley Pike Shelby, Jennifer Williamson-Habibi and (seated) Samantha Swift.