Kaiapoi brings out the fashion and flare

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Fabulous fundraiser . . . Kaiapoi High School principal Bruce Kearney celebrates with some of the many participants in the Flare - Food and Fashion - Kaiapoi fundraiser which was held in the school's auditorium on Saturday night and raised $13,000 for the school's CACTUS student leadership programme. Photo: Shelley Topp

By SHELLEY TOPP

A food and fashion evening for Kaiapoi High School’s CACTUS student leadership programme raised $13,000 last Saturday evening.

The Flare – Food and Fashion – Kaiapoi fundraiser was held in the Kaiapoi High School auditorium.

The event was the brainchild of Kaiapoi couple Brent and Shirley Cairns.

At the end of the evening they were presented with a large bunch of flowers for their work organising the event, but they were both quick to point out that the “whole community” came on board with the project.

“It was amazing how all the businesses came together to help,” Brent said.

“I really, really hope the money we have raised here tonight will keep this programme running,” Shirley said.

There were a huge number of volunteers involved on the night including students from the CACTUS (combined adolescent challenge training unit support) programme.

Even Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers was involved, playing the role of The Stig, from Top Gear, in black leathers, black helmet and sunglasses, during the Blackwell’s Department Store fashion parade.

There were six fabulous fashion parades during the evening, including a range of New Zealand Cup Day fashion from Christchurch designer Annah Stretton, with five courses of canapes served in between.

There was also an auction of donated items conducted by Mike Pero Real Estate agent Linds Welch who extracted every last dollar from bidders, and a stunning display of modern dance by Kieran Growcott, New Zealand’s national trampolining champion.

The evening closed with everyone up on stage who had helped put on the show for a presentation to Kaiapoi High School principal Bruce Kearney of a super-size cheque made out for $13,000.