An­nah to speak at lun­cheon

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REX­INE HAWES

Fash­ion de­signer An­nah Stret­ton will be the guest of hon­our at this year’s Ladies Lun­cheon fundraiser for Pohlen Hos­pi­tal.

The an­nual fundraiser, spon­sored by Life Phar­macy Mata­mata, is al­ways a high­light in the Mata­mata so­cial cal­en­dar.

In the past, speak­ers have in­cluded Dr Jilly Evans and Dame Susan Devoy.

This year marks Stret­ton’s 25th an­niver­sary in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

She is also an au­thor of seven books, and is an Or­der of Merit re­cip­i­ent for her ser­vices to busi­ness, fash­ion and com­mu­nity.

In 2013 she set up her own foun­da­tion and formed RAW (Re­claim Another Wo­man).

RAW was launched in the Waikato in Fe­bru­ary 2014, where the first stage of the pi­lot looked to get change for so­cially dis­ad­van­taged women from the Womens’ Refuge en­vi­ron­ment.

Through RAW, Stret­ton has made in­roads into the huge prob­lem that this coun­try has with re­peat of­fend­ers.

The Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust fundrais­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor Char­lene Con­ner says she has no doubt Stret­ton will be an en­gag­ing speaker.

‘‘There are so many di­men­sions to her, she is go­ing to be quite fas­ci­nat­ing.’’

A col­lec­tion of Stret­ton’s books will be avail­able for pur­chase, by cash or cheque only, and she will also be avail­able to sign copies.

Money raised from the lun­cheon will be go­ing to­wards re­fur­bish­ing the con­sul­tancy rooms and re­cep­tion area, which Con­ner says will be a huge ben­e­fit to Pohlen Hos­pi­tal.

‘‘Some (con­sul­tancy rooms) don’t have very good ac­cess for mo­bil­ity scoot­ers and wheel­chairs.

‘‘If we get more con­sul­tant’s rooms we get more con­sul­tants.

‘‘This means less trav­el­ling for many peo­ple who are cur­rently trav­el­ling to Hamil­ton for a 15 minute ap­point­ment.’’

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