Highbury Shopping Centre: News
Seriously Stylish Fun for a Serious Cause
Celebrating community spirit, showcasing stores and making money for a cancer-fighting cause were the aims of a day of fun and fashion.
Caring character Melvin Vongprem from Rodney Wayne at Highbury Shopping Centre was the brains behind the fashion show which showed Highbury’s heart last month.
Melvin enlisted the support of several stores as well as mini-models from local school Birkenhead Primary to bring the fund-raising event together during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Local resident and inspirational cancer survivor Karin Horen played host and brought a poignant touch to proceedings by sharing her personal insight into the devastating disease.
Stylist Melvin said: “It was really good fun! The fashion show went really well, especially considering they weren’t professional models who were modelling the clothing. Many were Rodney Wayne clients, and the children from Birkenhead Primary School were awesome! The children were freaking out beforehand, they were so nervous, but when they got out on stage they rocked it!”
Melvin was delighted how so many businesses, friends and parents chipped in to make the day a success. A pump class demo by Club Physical also helped add to the day, which raised over $1,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Through collaboration with the Highbury Shopping Centre management, Melvin feels the event could have the potential to become an annual fund-raiser at the Highbury Shopping Centre. He added: “Everyone had a great time, it was such a fun day, and we raised money for a good cause.”
Robert Harris cafe provided refreshments and a VIP area for guests. All the shops at Highbury got beind the event by donating fabulous raffle prizes. Special thanks to The Warehouse, Postie, Mystiqa for providing the garments for the fashion show and Rodney Wayne for hair and styling. Highbury Shopping Centre kindly provided face painting & train rides for children, and promoted the October event.
Karen Western, of the Highbury Shopping Centre management team, said: “We’d like to thank the children from Birkenhead Primary School for their superb modelling, all our stores for supporting the event and Karin Horen for hosting the event and sharing her experience. She is not only a fantastic advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness, but an incredibly beautiful, positive person.”