Models step out to help fight leukaemia
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
KIMBERLY Busteed, 17, was thrust into the bright lights of the catwalk last weekend.
Kimberly was one of the talented young people to model an array of stunning designs at the inaugural Sotherton's Fashion Design Awards conducted at the PCYC.
A key co-ordinator of the event, Kathy Corones, yesterday said she was stunned by the awards' success.
She said the designs were brilliant and the models ? the brightest and the best that Gladstone, Agnes Water and Rockhampton could provide ? showed off wear with aplomb and professionalism.
Kimberly said she was working behind the counter when she was approached by Mrs Corones.
'She asked me if a wanted to model the clothes, and I said 'yes', and that was it,' she said.
'It was so much fun ? I got to model a dress that is worth $13,000 which I would never have been able to if I hadn't taken part in the awards.'
The event, a fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation, was special for another reason for Kimberley. Nearly 10 years ago her brother Corey died of the disease
'I was also glad to be able to take part because of Corey ? I was only seven when he died, but I remember the family having to go Brisbane'.
Kimberley said it was a sad time.
The awards, which drew 250 guests at $120 a ticket, raised about $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation from the charity auction staged on the night.
Profits from ticket sales could double that amount after costs.
Sothertons Fashion Design Awards: Kids Wear: Michelle Rotheram; Menswear: Klub Retro; Wearable Art: Sian Pole; Workwear: Retro Chef; Student Designs: Christopher Connors; Resort Wear: Miss Mary; Fashions of the Field: Michelle Rotheram; Evening Wear: Michelle Rotheram; Bridal Wear: Ja Delle Designs; Regional Award: Chilli House; Encouragement Award: Kellyanne Russell.