Deborah Mauger of Parry’s Jewellers is organising her second annual High Tea and Fashion Show, and her charity this year is Coffs Harbour’s Early Childhood Intervention Program.
Parry’s Jewellers will be hosting a High Tea and Fashion Show on 18 September. Give us a brief overview of the event.
I came up with the idea for a High Tea and Fashion Show last year as the finale to a fundraising campaign that would enable 16 Year 11 Bishop Druitt students to travel to Cambodia to build much needed housing. The campaign raised $25,000, which enabled 12 houses to be built; gardens were cultivated and planted with fruit and vegetables, and the tools necessary to maintain these gardens were purchased and given to the local community. In addition, Geraldine Cox from the Sunrise Children’s Orphanage was presented with a cheque for $5,000.
I am very excited about this year’s High Tea, as there will be some wonderful fashion houses such as Nik and She, Sensara, Inza and Jacqui’s Shoe Boutique strutting the catwalk, together with some beautiful jewellery from Parrys Jewellers. There will also be guest speakers and an interactive and fun auction involving the Coffs Harbour Health Club.
The show will be a fundraiser for the Early Childhood Intervention Program. Why did you choose this charity?
As the High Tea was a huge success, with 175 ladies attending last year, I decided this would be a great way to raise funds for different charities each year – as well as providing a great annual event. This year the chosen charity is The Early Childhood Intervention Centre.
The Early Childhood Intervention Program provides education, therapy and support services to children aged 0 – 6 years with disabilities and/or developmental delay and their families in the Coffs Harbour and Bellingen Shires.
This program provides a variety of specific services to client families and the local community, including assessments, home and centre based programs, home, preschool and school support visits.
Tell us about the fashion show and what will be on display.
The fashion show will showcase the latest spring fashions by Sass & Bide, Noltia, Zimmermann, Manning Cartell, Camilla, The Arc, Mela Purdie, Fao Paulo, Lounge, Sandra Soulous, Mimofa, Wish, Staple, Sass & Stilla, together with the latest collections from Thomas Sabo, Spinning Jewelry and Jacqui’s Shoe Boutique.
There will be a raffle and silent auction on the day. What are some of the prizes that are up for grabs?
We have a fabulous raffle already underway, with Novotel Pacific Bay having generously donated a 3- night stay at Novotel Cairns, including return flights from Brisbane to Cairns for 2 adults. Tickets are available at Parrys Jewellers, Inza, Nik and She, Jacqui’s Shoe Boutique, Sensara, BIshop Druitt College and Blush Beauty and Makeup. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5; they will also be available at the High Tea.
In addition, a silent auction will be held with over 40 wonderful prizes up for grabs, ranging from a swim with the dolphins, facials, pedicures, wine, books and jewellery. Everyone will also get to take home a wonderful goody bag.
Why do you think it’s important to be involved in charity fundraisers such as this?
I have been involved in charity work most of my life. My first fundraiser was when I was 15, and I took part in a 65 km bike ride to raise funds for Cancer. The following year I did another 65 km bike ride for the local church. Since then, I have helped out with numerous charities – the most recent being Relay for Life, Dancing with the Stars Coffs Harbour and now the Early Childhood Intervention Program. I have a deep seated passion for fundraising and if I was not working, I would probably find myself working full-time co-ordinating fundraising events. It can be very difficult to choose a charity to help, as there are so many worthy causes.
Parrys Jewellers will also be donating the major prize for the Girlfit Ball to be held later in the year and for the Dancing with the Coffs Coast Stars. Parrys Jewellers is a second generation local business; we have been very fortunate to have had the support of the local community over many years, and fundraising gives us the opportunity to give back to the community.
How can people get involved in the event or find out more?
Other businesses can help by donating a silent auction prize, adding to the goody bags or sponsoring this event. If there is anyone who would like to sell raffle tickets, please either contact Deborah on 0409 337 212 or call in to Parrys Jewellers.