Kids strut for cause

In­clu­sive cat­walk warms up to shed light on abil­i­ties

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SOON kids will be strut­ting on a Caloun­dra cat­walk to raise money for char­i­ties.

Kat­walk for Kids was es­tab­lished by Danielle Trask and is now in it’s sec­ond year of per­form­ing the event.

Danielle is not only an en­tre­pre­neur but de­voted mother as well.

One of her chil­dren has ASD (autism spec­trum dis­or­der) and the other is keen about fash­ion, so the idea of Kat­walk for Kids came to­gether quite nat­u­rally.

“Kat­walk for Kids is a reg­is­tered Queens­land char­ity and we put on a yearly fash­ion event show­cas­ing some in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal de­sign­ers.”

The char­ity did a model call out be­fore the event and Danielle said “we are in­clu­sive of kids of all abil­i­ties and from all walks of life in the show.”

“There’s about 15 chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties in the show this year.

“The chil­dren feel like they’re hon­oured and makes them feel like they’re part of some­thing. It helps with their self-es­teem and self worth. It’s won­der­ful to see.

“Last year, one lady’s daugh­ter said ‘it was the best day of her life and that it made her feel re­ally spe­cial’. That sense of be­long­ing, that’s the best part,” Danielle said.

All the prof­its go to lo­cal char­i­ties. This year the pro­ceeds will go to Sun­shine But­ter­flies and the Sea­horse Nip­pers pro­gram.

“We’ve gone from the bush to the beach. We try to broaden it so peo­ple with vary­ing needs can ac­cess a pro­gram that will help them,” she said.

Jess Eva, from SEA FM and The Block, will be host­ing on the day and Jett Kenny is an am­bas­sador for the char­ity.

“He’s been re­ally good. He’s part of the Sea­horse Nip­pers and he’s does a lot with fash­ion so it’s good to have some­one on both sides,” Jess said.

The event is on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10 at the Caloun­dra RSL. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.kat­walk­forkids.com.au.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

ON THE RUN­WAY: Kat­walk for Kids mod­els Chris­tian Dou­glas-Kopecky, 5, Dan­nica Starkey, 11, and Ruby Down­ing, 7, on cen­tre stage.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

READY TO WALK: Kat­walk for Kids Chris­tian Dou­glas-Kopecky, 5.

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