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Fundraiser: Darra-Jindalee’s Care and Concern group members  braved the catwalk to raise money for a volunteer group in their parish.

Fundraiser: Darra-Jindalee’s Care and Concern group members braved the catwalk to raise money for a volunteer group in their parish.

By Emilie Ng

NEW York Fashion Week has competition in a group of Catholic women who braved the catwalk to raise money for a volunteer group in their parish.

Three of Darra-Jindalee’s “mature and discerning” women parishioners became models for a day in a bid to help the parish’s Care and Concern group, which provides assistance to house-bound, sick and elderly community members.

Parishioner Dorothy Russell, who was one of the women modelling clothes by Brisbane fashion group Portofino, said the parish wanted to raise money so Care and Concern could “spread their charm” in the community.

More than 100 women attended the fashion parade, leaving the Care and Concern group with $1800 in donations.

Mrs Russell, who is 89, said the fundraiser was a “novel idea” and said many women were inspired to see an older female fashion model.

Darra-Jindalee parish’s Care and Concern group was formerly an ecumenical volunteer organisation, with involvement from the local Christian churches.

The local Catholic community took over leadership of the group earlier this year.

Care and Concern group leader Helga Duncan said she was “excited” by the financial support given at the fashion parade on September 4.

She said the money raised would be given to parish priest Fr Dan Carroll towards improvements to the volunteer group.

“The aim of the Care and Concern Group is to provide help where needed and encourage members of our community to participate in organised events,” she said.

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