RFDS gives a second chance

Backstage at the event are models Mayor Noll, Ros Haines and MC Wendy Thomson.

Caroline Hammat

A local fundraiser put a twist on the traditional fashion parade last week as items sourced from two of Millicent’s opportunity shops were on display.

To the delight of onlookers Wattle Range Council Mayor Des Noll and Mayoress Shari Noll took to the catwalk along with eight others, including two teenagers.

Held in the Millicent Gallery, 85 guests enjoyed the Second Chance Fashion Parade hosted by Millicent Royal Flying Doctors Service members.

Val Hunt, Sharon Hyland and Lorraine Hunt put their heads together earlier this year and planned the fundraiser which used only clothes available from Wilma’s Walnut Shop and the Millicent Adventist Community Op Shop.

Almost 60 outfits were modelled with several items purchased by onlookers during the day.

Organisers were thrilled with the results and had to bring in extra chairs for guests when numbers exceeded expectations.

“We thought the models did a fantastic job, especially the two young ones,” Val Hunt said.

“We sincerely thank Wendy Thomson and the library volunteers for their help because our volunteer numbers are small, it was greatly appreciated.”

$720 was raised during the day and two new members decided to join the group.

Alongside the mayor and his wife other models were Chad Cockrum, Gemma Salotti, Jay Watson, Lorraine Hyland, Tracie Duldig, Scott Duncan, Ros Haines and Cheryle Luxford-Melling.