The organizer of a Sept. 26 fashion show says at first glance the event might seem at odds with a goal to raise money for an eating disorders clinic.
Rachel McHollister says it makes sense when you consider clothing can be a major part of recovery. To that end, McHollister has organized the fashion show to highlight local designers, including BodaciousLife, Pure Magnolia and HelenJean, who create clothing inclusive of everyone. McHollister noted designer Katie Jeanes of HelenJean has replaced traditional numbered sizes with a word or affirmation such as “strong.”
McHollister said it was because she had to seek help for her eating disorder out of province that she knows just how vital it is to offer support services closer to home. Inspired by her experiences,
McHollister is helping raise awareness and $150,000 to open a day-treatment facility in Vancouver.
The Project True fashion show is at Heritage Hall from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit projecttrue.com.
The REAL Women of Eastside Fitness are holding a fundraising party at East Side Craft House and Liquor Store, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The event is to raise funds for the Women2Warrior race Sept. 21, a timed run, covering five-kilometres of trails, track and grass at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby in Support of Easter Seals. The fundraising party is for both men and women, but I hear rumours the more people who show up the more pushups and burpees the REAL Women taking part will do. So beer and burpees, what more could you look for in a fundraiser. East Side Craft House is located at 1445 East 41st Ave. For more information on the run and Easter Seals visit woman2warrior.ca.
HealthBridge Canada is holding a five-kilometre walk/run at Jericho Beach Sept. 15, to raise money to help pregnant women and newborn babies survive in Pakur, a poor remote area of India with one of the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality in the world. The Pakur Mother and Child Survival Project ensures community health workers are trained to provide education, counselling and basic care to women. This includes before and post-natal care, safe delivery, nutrition and supplement counselling, growth monitoring, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, and child immunization.
Health workers will also be trained to facilitate timely referrals and access to care at medical clinics.
The registration fee is $35 per person, with special rates applying to teams. Registration can be completed at runningroom.com. More information about the project can be found at pakurproject.com.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
The Chrysanthemum Show at VanDusen Botanical Garden takes place Sept. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. and Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event showcases this popular traditional bloom as it enjoys its autumn prime from September to November when all else in the garden is fading. For sale will be 10-inch pots suitable for balconies, or for seniors who want some colour but don’t want to garden.
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