Lions supermodels ready for big show to support Run DPIG

The ladies practice their moves with props, music and timing at Palm Lake Resort’s Promenade.

EXQUISITE local supermodels of the Lions Fashion Show finalised their practice to soon strut the catwalk on Sunday, 26 November at Tea Gardens Public School.

At ‘dress’ rehearsal at Palm Lake Resort Promenade, the ladies ran through the deceptively complex choreography of steps and circles, wielding umbrellas and props to show off the clothing later this month.

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“It is fashion, a bit differently, with a few surprises on the day,” Carole Richards hinted.

Each model will make an average of seven changes, with only 30 seconds before re-emerging, looking relaxed and poised, while theatre veteran Maggie Nadal compères the show.

“Though usually very shy, I love being a show-pony, and this charity is well-worth the effort,” said Eliabeth Hall and Cindy Sutherland, a ‘debutante’ to the fashion circuit.

“The charity needs awareness,” said Judith Skepper, while Janie Compton, herself a former model and advertising star, added, “It was devastating for Paula to lose her granddaughter, we want to support her and the cause.”

Sharon Townsend said preparations were “a bit of fun and good for the brain”, sentiments echoed by Jennifer Perino, “Carole’s a great organiser, every practice is a laugh for free, even though we change it a dozen times.”

The Show’s cause is DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), an especially insidious form of childhood cancer that develops in the brain stem, affecting vital bodily functions including heartbeat and breathing.

“At International Women’s Day this year, Paula Lau was brave enough to tell us how her eight-year-old granddaughter, Carys, was lost to DIPG.

“There was not a dry eye in the house,” Jan Peeters told NOTA.

“DIPG is terminal upon diagnosis, untreatable, and is the biggest killer of children and people under 40, among all types of cancer,” Ms Lau explained.

Tickets are still available, via the participating local boutiques: BT’s for Fashion, Bohemian Spirit, Circle of Friends, Little Faith, and Mungo Rd, while the Lions Christmas Lights Festival is also happening throughout November and early December.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

The modelling team. (L-R, back row first) Paula Lau, Sharon Townsend, Jennifer Perino, Cindy Sutherland, Elizabeth Hall, Janie Compton, Kerrie Smith, Maggie Nadal (MC), Jan Peeters and Judith Skepper.

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