Charity pageant



Queenstowner Deborah Coburn, who’s run more than 20 local fashion shows and charity events, got motivated to organise another one when an annual charity fundraiser was canned last year.

The local Supper Club raises big bucks for Ronald McDonald House South Island, which
provides free digs in Christchurch and Invercargill for families travelling there for a child’s medical treatment.

With that cancelled due to Covid, Coburn’s pulled together a ‘Preview Winter Fashion Show’ for Queenstown’s Prime Restaurant on May 21.

She’s hoping to raise about $40,000 from live and silent charity auctions.

The live auction, which absent bidders can join on Zoom or by phone, will by conducted by Bayleys’ national auction manager Conor Patton.

Coburn’s organising about 16 female and male models who’ll model new-season brands stocked by local retailers Decode, Sergios Menswear, Issimo and Outside Sports.

She’s also being supported by the likes of Crew Stylists, for hair and makeup, and Still Vision Photography.

Poignantly, two of the models’ families have been supported by Ronald McDonald House.

Apart from the fundraising, Coburn says her aim’s ‘‘to support owner-operated Queenstown business es’’, and provide a fun night out for locals.

She’s selling 120 tickets at $150 a pop — they’re for sale via