STYLISH FOCUS: Diversional therapist Barb Mapes is the well-dressed driving force behind the Akooramak fashion parade fundraiser.
STYLISH FOCUS: Diversional therapist Barb Mapes is the well-dressed driving force behind the Akooramak fashion parade fundraiser. Toni Somes

Fashion statement all about bid to buy device

WHEN you hit the catwalk for a good cause, even though you are uncomfortable wearing stilettos in the spotlight, you become the perfect model.

Enter Barb Mapes.

The local diversional therapist is steeling herself for a day as a fashionista as part of a vital Akooramak fundraiser.

While she's the first to admit her catwalk strut might need refining, it's a mere technicality when you are raising funds for palliative care equipment.

"We are having a fashion parade and afternoon tea on September 15 to raise money for a syringe driver," Mrs Mapes said.

"So we're getting all dressed up for a good cause."

She said the aged care facility was intent on raising $2575 to buy a second syringe driver, a device used to administer medication to help patients in the palliative stages of care.

"At the moment we only have one so, as fate would have it, as soon as we put someone on a syringe driver we need another one," Mrs Mapes said.

"So we end up having to borrow them from other facilities around the place and that's really not ideal."

Motivated to improve the situation Mrs Mapes has coerced her colleagues into strutting their stuff in the latest fashions and will open the doors of Akooramak's newly renovated dining room to the public for the fundraiser.

"Our McCulloch dining room has just been finished and it looks fantastic so it's a lovely opportunity to showcase it as well," Mrs Mapes said.

"The fashion parade is open to everyone and I am confident we will get a good response from Warwick people, because so many of them appreciate the role Akooramak plays in the community."

The Akooramak fundraiser afternoon tea and fashion parade starts at 1.30pm on September 15.

Tickets are $10.

There will also be a multi-draw raffle and cake stall as part of the afternoon.

For tickets or more details phone 4661 4100.



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