Ball for brain can­cer

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - 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 trio was 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 one per cent over the past 30 years.

Jonte, who has a stu­dio in Bal­catta, is co­or­di­nat­ing 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 by her side 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.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie d483351

Fash­ion Il­lus­tra­tor Michelle Pike and designer Jonte Mor­gan.

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