Con­fi­dence on the cat­walk

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.’’

Photo: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Work it: Dean Pow­ell was one of 15 mod­els show­ing at Tawa IHC’s first ‘‘At­ti­tude on the Cat­walk’’ event last Wed­nes­day.

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