Fashion show for support
A group of Palmerston North educators will put down the textbooks and don some new-season threads to support cystic fibrosis sufferers.
Eight staff members from Awatapu College were set to strut their stuff on the catwalk on Tuesday in a fashion show to fundraise for Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand.
Awatapu PE teacher Janine Williams said she was touched by the support, especially considering the modelling had taken them out of their comfort zone.
Williams son Kase is 9, and last February he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis after years of constantly being sick.
Cystic fibrosis is an incurable genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.
Williams said the diagnosis was ‘‘devastating’’.
‘‘It was the worst thing we could have heard.’’
But it was good to have an answer about what was making Kase sick and to learn ways to treat it, she said.
Kase now has to use a nebuliser in the morning and night to help keep his lungs clear of mucus.
He frequently visits the hospital for intravenous treatments and takes tablets to help him digest his food.
‘‘We’re still living with it day-to-day. Fortunately, we had brought up a sporty kid, not a gamer, because with cystic fibrosis kids you want them to be as sporty as possible to [protect their lungs],’’ Williams said.
‘‘We’re trying to keep life still as normal as possible.’’
The local support group had been a godsend, Williams said, so she has now joined the committee to help give back.
‘‘It’s just good to be around the other mums and to talk to people and find out if what you’re doing is normal.
‘‘They’ve all been through it, and they are very wise women.’’
Tuesday’s show, at Ballantynes Fashion in Broadway Ave, included a collection of clothing from the store’s current range.
Cystic fibrosis sufferer Kase Williams, 9, is excited about a fundraising fashion show.