Willow Schembri, 23, from Lennox Head, models swimwear from Sunnies Plus.
Willow Schembri, 23, from Lennox Head, models swimwear from Sunnies Plus.

Charity in fashion

By WILL JACKSON

LIBBY McMAHON'S campaign in the Lismore Lions Miss Personality Quest is well under way after her successful fashion parade last week.

The Southern Cross University primary teaching student raised $1800 with 140 people attending the event on Wednesday night at the Lismore Workers Club.

The competition runs from mid-October until May and raises funds for the Lions' Medical Research Foundation.

The 21-year-old said she was focusing on the Miss Charity aspect of the quest.

"I decided to get involved because the foundation doesn't just benefit Australians or people from any particular country," she said.

"The money goes to research that is used worldwide and that benefits everybody."

The show featured clothes from local retailers Sunnies Plus, Keen Sports, Sobi, George Gooley Menswear, Nothing to Wear, No Rules, Willow Boutique, Mary Vidler, and jewellery from Shoppe One 17.

All the models, who were from Gilchrist Casting or friends of Libby's, donated their time.

Raffle and door prizes were donated by various local businesses.

Libby said she thought there was a good turnout and the parade went off almost without a hitch.

"I ended up having to MC," she said. "That was a bit nerve-racking, but I managed to get over it and it was OK."

The parade was Libby's second fundraising venture.

She also recently organised a Lions dinner that raised more than $200.

Her next venture is a gift-wrapping service at Lismore Central. Running from Monday, December 11, until Christmas, she and a couple of friends will be wrapping presents for gold coin donations.



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