When i was looking for a fundraising idea that would assist in supporting 2 International GBR (Gender based Violence) and VAW (Violence Against Women) campaigns i didnt have to look far!
My plan was to develop a Catwalk styled fashion show using developing models, artists and talent.
My aim was to not only raise funds for White Ribbon and Queens without Scars but also to create and provide a setting where upcoming talents felt safe and secure. A place they could work on their skills and speak to other professionals in order to gain better insight into the inner workings of the modelling, acting, music, pageant and photography industry. I wanted to Empower these individuals into achieving thier long term goals of success.
Having reached out to various contacts we welcomed aboard Leeshyloo Activewear, Suboo, JF Designs, Lavashe Couture and Attire 2 Desire (designer hire) as our sponsored brands. Each brand was showcased in the event and promoted via social media and the internet.
The Band Club at St Marys assisted us by providing complimentary room hire for this wonderful cause and even assisted in setting the room up for us!
Maharaja Haveli's Indian restuarant generously donated meal vouchers to go into our raffle, leeshyloo and suboo donated apparel / swimwear and we had health and beauty sponsors donate other skincare items as well.
In true Queens without Scars style, i had the honour of recognaising a truly remarkable woman, Renee Hopwood for her ability to inspire others. Renee, a former victim, has come so far in life and has since met the man of her dreams, Luke. She has found true happiness and is proof that there is a happy ending out there for everyone. Every woman deserves to find her prince charming just as Renee did.
in addition to recognizing and honouring Renee i was also able to 'crown' a very lovely young lady who was a member of our audience. At catwalk to Conquer we gave her her very own crown to take hom along with some powerful words of wisdom. "She is a queen, she deserves to be treated with love, respect and dignity whether the crown is on her head or not is irrelevant. She is worthy. EVERY WOMAN IS WORTHY AND DESERVES THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE!"
We had 30 models participate in the show and the ages ranged from 2 to 44. Spirit of the islands performed for us on the night and boy! they were entertaining to say the least.
We acknowledge that directors from various pageant systems joined us on the night and this included Karen from the Mrs Australia Quest (MAQuest), Ferial from Teen / Miss and Mrs International Australia as well as Reena from the Miss / Mrs / Mr india Australia Corporation (MIAC). Knowing that our event had the support of these women was extremely humbling. Instead of acting as 'competitors' these woman came together to support the campaign and in turn, empowered and inspired so many others. By working together and supporting one another anything is possible and it will ensure the future success of pageantry within Australia.
To finish off i simply want to thank everyone who made Catwalk to Conquer the success that it was. I could not have done it (let alone done it in 3 weeks!) without everyones support. So, thank you. From the bottom of my heart i thank each and every individual involved.