Fun the focus of fashion fundraiser

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Those attending the Alexandra Elim Church’s fashion show on Saturday will be able to have a sneak peek into the wardrobes of some of Alexandra and Clyde’s well-clothed.

Church pastor Aaron More, along with wife Sarah and show co-ordinator Irene Smith, are organising ‘‘The Pleasure of Clothes’’, which will be held at the Cellar Door from 7pm.

The money raised will go towards the church’s auditorium renovation on its new site in Ngapara St, as well as to the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club.

As the year had been tough on the region’s community and its retail sector, it was decided to hold the show both as a fundraiser and to provide some light relief.

‘‘We are focused on the event first and the money second,’’ Mrs Smith said.

‘‘It is about doing something for the community.’’

In addition to garments loaned from Alexandra and Clyde fashion shops, several people had opened their closets and were either modelling or providing clothes in keeping with several themes, including a day at the races, Daphne Randle creations, an American wardrobe, sports fashion, Margaret Wray and a Trelise Cooper retrospective.

Accessories would be supplied by Jamies Jewellers, and hair would be done by Tim Riwhi, of Tu Meke Hair.

‘‘It is more than just a fashion show,’’ Mrs More said.

‘‘We have got some great people.’’

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan would run an auction of donated goods and services, including a garment from Margaret Wray, apainting by Nigel Wilson, a night’s stay in Clyde’s Olivers Lodge and Stables, and the services of two handymen for a day.

There were 20 models, from 8 years of age through to their 70s.

The church needed about $650,000 to pay for the auditorium conversion.

Church volunteers had previously cleaned New World supermarket for 363 nights a year for four years to get their last building paid off, Mr More said.

‘‘That resonated with people.’’

In addition to the offices and auditorium they want to include children’s rooms, and a commercial kitchen and meeting facilities for groups to hire.

– Tickets are available from the church’s website: www.alexelimchurch.org/events/ fashion.