Loui Col designs founder launches Project 12 to shine light on Perth charities

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Loui Col Designs owner Katie Colgan & Breast Cancer Care WA client Jess Price. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d493694a
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LOUI Col designs founder Katie Colgan has created a sparkling emerald green gown to shine a light on not-for-profit Breast Cancer Care WA (BCCWA).

Mrs Colgan will create 12 gowns for 12 charities in 12 months as part of Project 12 – the BCCWA inspired dress is the second of 12 gowns she has made for the project so far.

Katie’s May gown, designed based on the monthly gemstone, will be promoted on social media in an effort to raise funds for BCCWA, with donations made through her Project 12 MyCause page.

Mrs Colgan said the idea behind Project 12 was finding a creative way to make people aware of different Perth organisations.

“I’m choosing charities that are supporting either friends or families affected or that have a Perth based community – I have had a few friends I know of that have used BCCWA and rave about their support,” she said.

Mrs Colgan said she wanted to use Project 12 to share people’s stories and humanise the cause behind the charity.

BCCWA client Jess Price (36) said it was amazing to know people like Katie were supporting smaller charities helping cancer sufferers.

“This month marks the one year anniversary of when I was diagnosed six days after my 36th birthday,” Mrs Price said.

“It was pretty tough to try and stay happy when intuition told me secretly deep down it was something serious.”

The mother of two was diagnosed with stage one grade two invasive lobular carcinoma, underwent a double mastectomy and radiation, but luckily beat the disease and is now living cancer free.

“BCCWA make what is a crappy situation a little bit more bearable,” she said.

“They would send out a food voucher from Woolworths, as well as fuel vouchers and they even said they could send someone over to help with the gardening or drive me to appointments.”

To donate go to https://bit.ly/2HWHPIJ.