I will only write about places that I've had a great experience. There are so many local heroes around Adelaide and I want to try and share them all.
Op-shop Fashion Fundraiser To Support Two Great Causes
Event Flyer courtesy of Judy Rogers
The Red Geranium is a beautiful little op-shop on Goodowood Rd, founded about 9 years ago by Val Maslin - who opened the shop with her own funding to support Medicine San Frontier (Doctors with out Borders). M.S.F is an amazing charity who don't discriminate toward any race or religion and are often the first to respond to an emergency; they are doctors, nurses and other medical volunteers who risk their lives, in war zones and impoverished countries to help those in desperate need of aid. Unlike many other large charities, M.S.F keep all their admin costs to a minimum so that the majority of funding goes toward aid. Thus The Red Geranium holds M.S.F as its designated charity. About 4 years ago management of the shop was handed over to volunteer Judy Rogers who does an amazing job running the shop and still works the floor along side a team of 40 volunteers.
Ghana native Shanton Sinka and his Aussie born wife Rae-Anne Sinka are the driving force behind Aussie Ghana Relief- the initiative has been founded in order to build a women's shelter in Accra [Ghana], where the last Shanton saw of his mother was while she was being chased by his machete yielding father. After migrating to Australia and sharing his story with his neighbour Helen Oxenham (the founder of Adelaide's first women's shelter) she asked why his mother never utilised a women's shelter back home, but this was the first Shanton had heard of such a thing, as no such haven currently exists in Ghana, and so Aussie Ghana Relief was born.
Photo credit to Roger Wyman The eastern Courier | From Right to Left: Red Geraniums Judy Rogers, Model Donna Blyth, Aussie Gana Reliefs Shanton Sinka
Upon visiting The Red Geranium one day there was a chance meeting between Manager Judy Rogers and Aussie Ghana Reliefs Shanton Sinka. After hearing Shantons story, Judy suggested a collaboration fundraising event, she had held a very successful fashion parade a few years back and automatically thought to hold one again. Mr Shanton told the Eastern Courier that the support from The Red Geranium was a dream come true.
Photo courtesy of Aussie Ghana Reliefs Facebook Page
Door/ticket sales will go towards Aussie Ghana Reliefs women's Shelter, which is underway but not yet finished. Supper is also provided as part of the door/ticket price.
The Red Geranium have many beautiful and quality items donated to them on a regular basis, Judy and the team have curated a selection of items to be modelled in the fashion parade and will be for sale amongst other quality pieces later in the evening. All clothing sales will go to Medicine San Frontier (Doctors with out Borders) via The Red Geranium.
There will be entertainment from local A-Capella group 'Adelaide Sound Connection' and Cushla, a belly dancer who's an expert at her craft.
Aussie Ghana Relief have compiled a silent auction to be held on the night, with proceeds going towards finishing the women's shelter
The Red Geranium will also be holding a massive 17 prize raffle, to be drawn on the night with proceeds going to their designated charity M.S.F
The event stands to be a lot of fun, with some truly great people and all for two very worthy causes.
Date: Saturday 22nd July 2017
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: RSL Hall | 4 Price George Parade, Colonel Light Gardens
Ticket Costs :$30.00 - Supper Included
The Red Geranium Op-Shop: 486 Goodwood Rd, Cumberland Park (8172 1542)
Judy: 0401 766 171
That is held at the same time as AVCon's busy weekend. Ths city will be alive with colour, that's for sure! Sorry, I'd love to go but the Adelaide convention center will be bursting during your event. Good luck! :)