Confidence on the catwalk
Tawa’s IHC community struck a pose last Wednesday in their firstever confidence-boosting catwalk show.
Fifteen intellectually disabled men and women strutted in new clothes in front of 30 friends and family at Tawa’s Te Mana Hua Rahi IHC base. Blaring Lady Gaga music accompanied the models for their two turns on the catwalk, once in a daywear outfit and a second time in more glamorous evening clothes.
‘‘We all deserve a gold medal,’’ model and MC Robert Mahoney said after the show. There were no gold medals, but the models and audience were treated to a performance by top country singers the Miti family, and a donated Relish cupcake afternoon tea.
‘‘Everybody’s happy. They did so well,’’ IHC support worker Brightie Perera said.
Ms Perera came up with the ‘‘Attitude on the Catwalk’’ event in April to showcase the confidence skills taught to IHC members.
‘‘Some were so confident, they did it well. They’re naturals,’’ she said.
IHC volunteer Tim Bright attended the show to see his mate Peter Sturman model. ‘‘ He did really well, he’s really shy,’’ Mr Bright said.
The pair began as ‘‘ buddies’’ under the IHC scheme, but have become good friends over the past three years.
‘‘I get a lot out of it,’’ Mr Bright said. ‘‘It’s definitely not a one-way thing. A lot of people won’t give it up for anything because they become good friends.’’
Work it: Dean Powell was one of 15 models showing at Tawa IHC’s first ‘‘Attitude on the Catwalk’’ event last Wednesday.