WARRNAMBOOL clothing store owners have joined forces to raise money for South West Healthcare, while also showcasing their coming spring ranges.
Clothing from Armadio, Boolistic, Dubois Boutique, Lizzie’s Labels of Love, Oranges & Lemons, Style 105 and Sue Younis Millinery will be modelled at the Gala Spring Fashion Preview while helping to raise money to purchase a WiFi vital signs monitor for South West Healthcare’s oncology unit.
Sisters Susan and Judi O’Brien initiated the sell-out event to raise money in their father Michael’s memory, after he received treatment at South West Healthcare.
“In September that will be eight years ago (since Michael died) and Mum had cancer too. She was a breast cancer survivor, so of course we’re inspired to help out wherever we can,” Susan said.
The boutique owners said it was one way they could help the community and hospital.
Community partnerships manager Suzan Morey said the women did an amazing job organising the event and in the past four years, more than $16,000 had been raised for the hospital.
“The proceeds always go towards helping us buy a piece of cancer-related medical equipment in memory of their dad, Michael,” she said.
She said the participating boutiques, their models and sponsors should also be acknowledged for their terrific support of the hospital.
The WiFi vital signs monitor’s wireless capabilities provide real-time virtual presence for the patient’s oncologist, regardless of where the oncologist is located.
Each WiFi vital signs monitor is valued at $6600 and will replace three pieces of equipment currently used to monitor blood pressure, oxygen levels and patients’ temperatures before and often during their treatment sessions.
Boolistic owner Amber Peters said so many people were affected by cancer, including those at a young age.
“It’s shocking. It’s becoming more and more (prevalent),” she said.
The O’Brien sisters said there had been a really good response to the fashion show and they encouraged people planning to attend to purchase their tickets from participating businesses soon as tickets were selling fast.
“Every year the fashion that’s presented is just beautiful,” Judi said.
They predicted some of the trends coming through would include prints, tailored and structured clothing and bright colours. The Gala Spring Fashion Preview will be held next Friday, August 30, at 7.30pm at The Carmichael in Cramer Street.