Runway success for fashion and cancer research

Edwina Hunter chose Manly’s International College of Management, as the stunning venue for Runway for Research, a glamorous fashion auction held to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) and the first event for ACRF’s newest committee in Sydney.

The night was themed ‘Christmas in July’, with over 90 guests attending, including guest speaker ACRF Chief Executive, David Brettell and ACRF Fundraising Program Coordinator, Cathy McGough.

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Highlight of the night was the fashion parade and auction of stunning garments by designers Wayne Cooper, Alannah Hill and Oxford Clothing – Men, as well as Backstage Clothing, who showcased a new line from their latest collection.

Behind the catwalk, backstage was alive with the energy of busy make-up artists , hairdressers , stylists and the models, all a-buzz for a great cause!

Five gorgeous models strutted their stuff down the snowy-themed catwalk before the exciting auction where all fashions went up for sale with all proceeds going to the ACRF.

High Tea and drinks were on the menu for the night with contemporary jazz played by Con Artists throughout the night.

Event organizer Edwina Hunter said she “was overwhelmed by the support from friends and sponsors; the night proved to me the value people place on great causes like cancer research.”

She later added “I was nervous before and during the event, not really knowing what to expect but everyone got involved and made the night everything I hoped it to be. We raised $4600.”

“It was a fabulous, glamorous event and this is a great result for cancer reearch in a tough year” said David Brettell, expressing the Foundation’s deep appreciation for the commitment by Edwina and her team, Joanne Hunter, Rowan Courtney-O’Connor, Zoe Chapman, Elise Mottau, Jane Wormald, Brad Keyes, Hanako Lee, Amy Andrew. He also thanked models Olivia Dunn Frost, Milan, Emma Wood, Emma Norris and Demi who donated their time in support of the event. “To see so many young people who have either themselves or through a family member or friend been touched by cancer is a huge inspiration for us to continue our funding of the major research projects which really get results”, David Brettell added.

Edwina has been supporting the Australian Cancer Research Foundation for four years through “Living Local” a magazine she started and publishes on Sydney’s North Shore. Runway for Research was the launch event for the new Sydney Cancerians Committee.

Photography by Nick Hanson

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