Clothing swap raises funds for Cancer Council
PRELOVED clothing, fashionable handbags, exquisite shoes and accessories lined the walls of Waterline on Shingley on Friday night for the second annual Swap it Forward charity clothing event.
The event raised a total of $4315 for the Cancer Council and was attended by 65 women on the night.
Swap it Forward is an initiative of Whitsunday resident Lynette Corne who has made it her mission to raise funds for cancer research.
Ms Corne understands the pain of many who have lost a loved one to cancer after her brother lost his battle with the disease last year.
“The event went extremely well and the silent auction, which was a new feature of the event this year, gave people an extra opportunity to secure a prize on the night,” she said.
“We really had a high level of clothing which was appreciated by all.”
Participants were asked to pile up their unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories and bring them to Waterline on Shingley for the event.
All items were swapped for silver and gold tokens, depending on their worth, which women could exchange for new pieces of clothing of a similar value.
Terri Muscat, who is the regional fundraising co-ordinator for the Cancer Council in Mackay, was also in attendance and gave a heart moving speech on why community events like Swap it Forward were so important to help support cancer research and families affected by cancer.
“While it was a fun night of socialising with many grabbing a bargain, Terri’s speech strongly reiterated the real reason we were all there,” Ms Corne said.
“For me now it is about keeping this legacy going for my brother.”
Ms Corne thanked all sponsors for their support and Waterline on Shingley for providing an exceptional venue.
CHARITY EVENT: Zoe Weinstein, Swap it Forward event organiser Lynette Corne, Shirley Wodson and Kelly Baxter were pleased to raise $4315 for the Cancer Council as a result of the charity clothing event held at Waterline on Shingley on Friday night.