SCHOOL friends Jonte Morgan, Maddy Clohessy and Scherri-Lee Biggs are uniting to raise money for a cause close to their hearts – brain cancer research.
The trio was in the same year at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School when Maddy met her future fiance, former Hale School student Ben McCracken, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012.
He died four years later.
Now, the talented friends – a fashion designer, lawyer and former Miss Universe Australia respectively – are working together to help brain surgeon Professor Charlie Teo find a cure for the disease that kills more children in Australia than any other disease, yet the survival rate has increased just 1 per cent over the past 30 years.
Jonte, a Marmion resident who has a studio in Balcatta, is co-ordinating the ‘Fashion Moment’ where seven Chadwick models will be dressed in her designs wearing headwear by Anita Carr.
The designer said there would be a gold theme because the colour promoted “courage, passion and strength”.
Jonte’s mum Michelle Pike will be by her side creating live illustrations of guests on the night.
Michelle, a former fashion designer, said each illustration would take 7-10 minutes and subjects would walk away with an A5 print.
The Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball is the second fundraising event for Maddy, who helped raise $101,000 for brain cancer research at a gala ball last year.
WHAT: Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball
WHEN: Saturday, June 9 from 7pm
WHERE: Optus Stadium