Students mount ‘Fashion Extravaganza’ to help sick children

Published 30 April 2008

Earle Page Fashion Parade
More than 80 student residents of Earle Page College at the University of New England are about to become fashion models for an evening for the benefit of children’s medical research.

This year’s Fashion Extravaganza, one of the main events in Earle Page College’s annual “Coast Run” fund-raising program, will be at Armidale Ex-Services Memorial Club on Saturday 3 May, beginning at 7.30 pm.

The students will be joined on the catwalk by the Master of Earle Page College, David Ward, Mr Ward’s wife Brigitte and their son Fletcher, and Armidale Dumaresq Mayor Peter Ducat and his wife Colleen.

The “Coast Run” fund-raising program, now in its 29th year, raises money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. Last year’s Fashion Extravaganza contributed $8,000 to the $30,000 raised throughout the year. The program culminates in the annual Armidale to Coffs Harbour Coast Run in September.

Local fashion outlets lend the clothes modelled in the Extravaganza, and the students choreograph their own routines. The “bridal routine” is the traditional highlight of the show, which draws its audience from both the University and the wider Armidale community.

Some of the students will be participating in the show for the first time, and others will be repeating the experience. Myee Gregory, now a student resident of Earle Page and a member of the organising committee, began modelling in the Extravaganza at the age of four under the guidance of her college-affiliated parents.

Tickets for the Extravaganza cost $20 for students, $25 for adults, and $10 for children under 15. They are available from the Earle Page College office on 6773 5300.

“It’s one of the biggest events in the College calendar,” said Cassie Banks, the coordinator of this year’s event. Cassie has been organising the Extravaganza – the clothing, the models and the venue – since November last year and, with the goal now in sight, she added confidently: “It’ll work. It’ll be an excellent night.”