Annah to speak at luncheon
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.’’