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Last year a High tea was organized as the annual fundraising event and this year it was decided on a Fashion Show. Three months of preparation work finally lead to a wonderful show for 80 people under the beautiful old oak trees of Doreen Shand’s garden.
Organising a major fundraising event at this time of the year was somewhat challenging. Some members were overseas.Designers were busy as holiday season was looming ahead, and finding an available microphone system was like finding a needle in a haystack. It was also the only expense for the show.
With the club’s more than 30 years of experience and networking contacts, all the obstacles disappeared into the mist.
The theme for the day was ‘up-cycling’ to encourage recycling and up-cycling whatever possible. The club members set the trend by making up-cycled goody bags from old advertising paper. As 85% of textiles end up in a landfill a rail of second hand and vintage clothing was on sale to encourage buying second hand rather than new all the time. Waste not want not!
Six talented local designers kindly offered their time in support of the fundraiser. Gerda Fourie designer/owner of Nude Trading showed how one garment could function from yoga to day wear to evening wear. Jo Rens, of By Jo created a cotton knit wrap that can be worn in six different ways. Tricia Solomon, designer/owner of Tricia’s Tailoring, worked magic with local Shweshe prints - reducing carbon footprint. Dolores Wutscher produced dresses made from organic hemp/cotton as her contribution towards using fabric that is friendlier to our environment. Janette Schelpe made the most incredible neck pieces from second-hand bead/pearl necklaces sourced at markets and vintage shops.
Catering for events to raise funds is part of the club’s labor of love and a skill that has been honed to perfection. These ladies are mostly between 60 and 85 years old and can compete with some of the best caterers out there. A feast par none!
It was a fun day with loads of lucky draws and raffles sponsored by the designers and Groot Constantia sponsored the sparkling wine for the event. Marie Claire and Good House Keeping magazines were sponsored as well as Freshpak rooibos teas and stationery sets by Ingrid Hoaten of Jawitz Property Consultants.
The funds raised at the Fashion Show event will go towards food for CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation) house in Bergvliet as well as rape comfort boxes for the Forensics Unit at the Victoria hospital. Two causes that lie close to the hearts of Tafelberg Club.