Fash­ion show for sup­port

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - KAROLINE TUCKEY

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.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Cys­tic fi­bro­sis suf­ferer Kase Wil­liams, 9, is ex­cited about a fundrais­ing fash­ion show.

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