St Andrews' fashion parade a joyful affair
RESDIENTS at St Andrews Lutheran Aged Care at Tallebudgera in the Gold Coast hinterland delighted a crowd of 120 people when they joyfully strolled down the catwalk at a recent in-house fashion parade.
The 13 models, ranging in age from 68 to 88, reported plenty of nerves in the weeks leading up to the show, but they were cast aside once make up was applied, outfits donned and the choreographed music began.
"The first person on the catwalk was one of our wonderful volunteers Lynette Frieberg who set the tone for the whole event by doing lots of twirls and swishing of her skirt, and the crowd responded by clapping and cheering, which gave everyone licence to have fun,'' Creative Activities Coordinator Jess Spooner said.
"All of the residents who were lined up after Lynette took to it with the same energy and sense of fun. Once they were off, there was no stopping them."
As well as featuring clothes and accessories for sale by two local labels, the parade was a chance to view calico carry bags decorated with artwork by residents, who modelled them over their shoulders as they walked the red carpet.
Ms Spooner said as well as being a day of fun, the fashion parade filled a very practical need for residents, who sometimes found it difficult to shop for clothes.
"Getting to the shop and navigating the whole changing room situation can be a daunting prospect for some of our aged care residents so this event took away some of those restrictions by bringing outfits into their home and allowing them to shop in comfort,'' she said.
St Andrews is operated by Lutheran Community Care, one of Queensland's largest providers of aged care, family services, disability services and hospital chaplaincy.