Friends unite for fundraiser

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Denise S. Cahill

SCHOOL friends Jonte Mor­gan, Maddy Clo­hessy and Scherri-Lee Biggs are unit­ing to raise money for a cause close to their hearts – brain can­cer re­search.

The girls were in the same year at St Mary’s Angli­can Girls’ School when Maddy met her fu­ture fi­ance, for­mer Hale School stu­dent Ben McCracken, who was di­ag­nosed with brain can­cer in 2012.

He died four years later. Now, the tal­ented friends – a fash­ion de­signer, lawyer and for­mer Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia re­spec­tively – are work­ing to­gether to help brain sur­geon Pro­fes­sor Charlie Teo find a cure for the disease that kills more chil­dren in Aus­tralia than any other disease, yet the sur­vival rate has in­creased just 1 per cent over the past 30 years.

Jonte is co-or­di­nat­ing the ‘Fash­ion Mo­ment’, where seven Chad­wick mod­els will be dressed in her de­signs wear­ing head­wear by Anita Carr.

The de­signer said there would be a gold theme be­cause the colour pro­moted “courage, pas­sion and strength”.

Jonte’s mum Michelle Pike will be cre­at­ing live il­lus­tra­tions of guests on the night.

Michelle, a for­mer fash­ion de­signer, said each illustration would take seven to 10 min­utes and sub­jects would walk away with an A5 print.

The Brain Can­cer Re­search Gala Ball is the sec­ond fundrais­ing event for Maddy, who helped raise $101,000 for brain can­cer re­search at a gala ball last year.

Fash­ion de­signer Jonte Mor­gan (right) with mum Michelle Pike.

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