A ladies fashion day and a generous donation from Finley Apex has raised more than $12,000 for multiple sclerosis suffer Emma Simpson.SOPHIE BURGE July 16, 2014 2:33pm
The community certainly came together in the name of charity on Saturday.
The Glamour For Emma Ladies Day Fundraiser attracted 120 ladies and proved a fabulous, fun-filled afternoon of fashion and beauty at the Finley Lions Hall.
It also proved profitable with $6198 raised and Finley Apex matching that amount dollar-for-dollar for a grand total of $12,396.
The money is for Finley’s Emma Simpson, who will travel to Russia in September to receive hematopoietic stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis. The trip and treatment is estimated to cost $60,000.
But while the brave mum’s battle was the reason for Saturday’s gathering, her illness was momentarily forgotten as Emma and her guests enjoyed beauty stalls, fashion shows, drinks, finger foods and plenty of laughs.
Event organisers Lonni Grimwood and Kristin King were rapt with the success of the day, thanking everyone who showed their support.
‘‘It took us two months to organise the event and it just proves that living in a small community certainly has its benefits,’’ Ms Grimwood said.
Ms King said she was stressing leading up to the day but was ‘‘very happy’’ with how it panned out.
‘‘Not only was it beneficial for Emma, it was just a really fun day to give local ladies the opportunity to indulge in local fashion and beauty therapy.
‘‘We also wanted to showcase and remind people of what Finley and surrounding towns have to offer and it was a really good chance for businesses to talk to customers and show what they have to offer.
‘‘It’s really important to shop local to keep our communities thriving.’’
The day included stalls from Gaye Maxwell’s Hands On Relaxation massage from Finley, Facepainting and Glitter Tattoos by Gemma, independent Arbonne consultant Dominique Dickins, Mulwala independent Love Intimo lingerie stockist Bethany Robinson, Jerilderie independent Body Shop consultant Eden Hercus, Finley’s Marcia Pyle Hairdressing, Kristy’s R&R Massage in Cobram, Nutrimetics by Tara and Sarah’s make-up and nails.
Beautiful background music was supplied by the Mulberry Street Band while Soph E photography documented the day.
A fabulous fashion show saw local models strutting down the red carpet-lined catwalk with outfits from The Vault and Murray Hut Clothing, and there was also a monster raffle.
The day’s activities left Emma overcome with emotion.
‘‘I’m completely overwhelmed with the support from all these lovely ladies and everyone who has got behind this day and other future fundraisers,’’ she said.
‘‘It just goes to show how wonderful it is to live in Finley.
‘‘I’d also really like to thank Finley Apex for their enormous donation. I’m just speechless.’’
The organisers also had some people to thank for the day.
‘‘Ashley Haynes Butchery and K&A Foods for their support, and Karen Daniel for the flowers,’’ Ms Grimwood said.
‘‘The alcohol was kindly supplied by The Albion Hotel, The Tuppal Hotel, Finley Bowling Club, Finley RS Club, Finley IGA, Bec Gargo and Kirby Wilson.
‘‘A big thank you to the Finley Lions Club for donating the hall space, and Real Bootcamp by Real Soldiers and other people for donating their money and time.
‘‘Finally, the day wouldn’t have happened without the support from the local ladies who gave up their time to come along and support the event. We’re all so proud of Emma who has been so brave and courageous.’’
The organisers also listed the donated raffle prizes: 1st prize - ($1000) seven nights at Sapphire Caravan Park Merimbula with $100 fuel voucher; 2nd prize - beauty hamper ($500) comprising hair straightener, day spa voucher, skin survival voucher, Le Reve body shampoo and Decoderm make-up box; 3rd prize - pamper pack ($250) consisting of a one hour massage, Najo ring and breakfast for two at Friar’s cafe; 4th prize - vouchers ($120 total) from Peppertree, Traffic and Ella Bache.
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