Mayor's catwalk aids Women's Refuge

Last updated 06:59 06/12/2012
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SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY: Mayor Celia Wade-Brown walks in a charity fashion show for Women's Refuge.

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A charity fundraiser for women's refuges raised $10,000 with a further $4000-plus possible.

Mayor-turned-model Celia Wade-Brown opened last night's Frock On event at Old Bank Arcade in Wellington by warning: ''Some of us have never done this before.''

But she proved a natural, pausing for twirls and even momentarily draping herself on the arm of a man in the crowd.

Ms Wade-Brown wore a turquoise sleeveless dress designed by Starfish, and strutted down the catwalk to the tune of the Fine Young Cannibals' She Drives Me Crazy.

''She's totally owning it,'' one spectator was overheard to remark.

Councillor Ngaire Best modelled a creation by Reign, while Women's Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew and Green MP Jan Logie were also in attendance.

The fashion parade was part of a fundraiser for Wellington Women's Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki Maori Women's Refuge.

Wellington Women's Refuge manager Philippa McAtee said about 200 tickets to the event were sold at $30 each, including 50 door sales, and the proceeds of two auctions held later in the evening would also go to the refuges.

Te Whare Rokiroki manager Ange Chaney said the final tally for the money raised came in at $10,000.

''It was way more than expected. It's going to make a big difference.''

On top of that a donated $4000 wedding package plus a wedding dress would be put up for sale on Trade Me, with proceeds going to the charities.

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