Cloth­ing swap raises funds for Cancer Coun­cil

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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