One hundred residents of Earle Page College at the University of New England are preparing energetic dance routines for the College’s annual Charity Fashion Parade on Saturday 14 May.
The Fashion Parade, at the Armidale Ex-Services Memorial Club, is a traditional part of the College’s annual “Coast Run” campaign – now in its 32nd year – to raise funds for the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI). The Parade is a showcase of Armidale fashion, and is one of the biggest events on the College calendar.
“As well as the serious side of raising money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute, the night is about having a great time and watching students, children and even some important University staff members strutting their stuff on the catwalk,” said the 2011 Fashion Parade Coordinator, Laura Crompvoets. “Everyone is welcome to attend this worthwhile and enjoyable event.”
This year’s Fashion Parade will feature a special routine with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber, the Head of UNE’s Residential System, Barb Shaw, and Senior Common Room and staff members of Earle Page College taking part.
The theme this year is “masquerade”, so members of the audience are being invited to match their outfits (semi-formal) with a mask.
The Fashion Parade, sponsored by Roberts and Morrow, is just one of many fund-raising events organised by the Coast Run Committee through the year; other events include the Discount Card, Auction and inter-floor College events, and the run to Coffs Harbour itself.
“Being one of the first events of the Coast Run campaign this year, it’s exciting and I’m looking forward to a great year,” said the Coast Run Convener, Michael Fraser.
A cheque for the $45,000 raised by last year’s Coast Run Committee, convened by Lauren Nay, will be presented to CMRI at the Parade. The 2010 Fashion Parade contributed $10,000 to that total.
Entry will begin at 7 pm for the event to start at 7.30 pm. Tickets – $25 for adults, $20 for students and $15 for children under 15 – can be bought from the Earle Page College Office (phone 6773 5300). Tickets will also be available at the door for $25. Tables for 10 are available: please book in advance.