Fash­ion mod­els for a cause

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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