Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I have a list of people that helped before, during and after the event that I really want thank.  Without their help the fundraiser would not have been nearly as successful and I am truly grateful for their support.

Gary & Dave from Hemingway’s I can’t thank you enough.  You have been so supportive and helpful for this event and over the years with all the DB Green beach cleanups.  You really have great community spirit, there are very few places that are as generous with time and assistance as you are.  Thanks to the staff of Hemingways too it was a very busy night!

Jeff – what would I do without you.  Always supportive, uncomplaining and helpful and of course my IT wizard.

Colin – such a fab MC, you did a great job entertaining everyone and keeping the night flowing well.

The Models – Heidi, Dee, Melissa, Adele, Jess, Syd & Ajit – you were all awesome and so much fun.  It was a great show with you thank you for taking part.

Behind the Scenes Helpers – Jules – great advice, great music, excellent raffle ticket seller, Jen – fab stagehand and general organiser, Lise – raffle ticket seller extraordinaire, Iain & Jo – heartfelt thanks for manning the door most of the night, Fiona – thank you for the gorgeous hair and makeup

Mel & Sarah – from DB Living magazine, goodness knows how many hours, emails, prizes and everything else you helped me with – thank you.  Not to mention the cover shot this month 😉

Photography – Baljit & Radhika Gidwani thank you for donating your time & photographic skills it was great to have you there

The Trashion Models – wow! Awesome outfits from everyone – I’m really grateful that you made such an effort.

The Sponsors – I was overwhelmed with support of prize donations.  Without the generosity of all the companies and individuals that donated for the auction and raffle on the night there is no way I would have ever raised the $75,000+ that I did.  Please see the sponsor list and support the companies that have supported me.  Thank you also for the advertising from Around DB, and

My friends – putting up with me, listening to me and encouraging me so much in many ways everyday – love you – thanks!

And lastly but definitely not least I want to thank YOU.  Thank you to everyone who came to the event, has stopped me in the street and given me money, given me assistance, encouragement, advice and so much support, you will all be with me on this journey!


The Fashion Show

The idea for including the Fashion Show was that I wanted to highlight some of the more sustainable options in fashion available in Hong Kong.  The clothing industry is a huge polluter of our waterways with the chemical dye processes.  Companies that use sustainable natural fibres and colour clothes with natural dyes are not only more healthy for the planet but also for us as the wearers.  So I would like to thank Lulu Hong Kong & Carrot, Banana & Peach for allowing me to show off some of their gorgeous range of affordable and sustainably made clothes.

The second part of the fashion show involved vintage and secondhand clothes.  Rewearing old clothes cuts down on the huge amount of textile waste that is disposed of in HK which the Environmental Protection Dept. estimates to be 253 TONNES EACH DAY!

The Fashion Show Started off with gorgeous clothing from Lulu Hong Kong.

Our first model is DEE. She is wearing the Lilas silk pleated top and the Stephanie Ikat printed silk skirt

This elegant top dresses up any outfit all while keeping you comfortable.

The skirt is the perfect silk mini, the Stephanie is cinched at the waist with an elastic band and falls around mid-thigh. You’re sure to turn heads with this number.

Melissa is wearing Lilas, a silk pleated neckline dress also from LuLu

This dress is made with natural dyes and is vegan.

This elegant dress is perfect for any occasion as it shimmers and its pleated neckline falls perfectly on the wearer.

Silk is a natural fiber that has unfortunately become unsustainable through mass production. LuLu’s peace silk process does not cruelly kill the hard-working silk worms; instead, it allows the moths to emerge from their cocoons and live. It is LuLu’s pleasure to undertake a more difficult but more sustainable process to turn the fine and precious cocoons into the most coveted and elegant dresses and tops

This dress is $1,230

Adele wears a sleeveless dress

Made with Natural dyes Organic cotton it has fine ribbed banding across the top and waistband allows for the dress to fall right where you need it. Comfortable enough for the summer or dressed up with boots.

This dress is priced at $860

Heidi is wearing the Diane Wrap Dress from Lulu.

The classic design of this wrap dress will take you quickly from day to night. The organic cotton fabric allows for both simplicity and style.

Lulu Hong Kong believes that we as a society need to rethink the way we produce consume and dispose of fashion. Lulu Hong Kong aims to show Hong Kongers that fashion can be fun while still being socially and environmentally responsible

LuLu’s organic cotton maintains the soft and classic feel of cotton without using any toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Conventional cotton production uses 10% of the world’s pesticides and 25% of all insecticides

This dress costs $900.

Available online at

Adele and Melissa are both wearing outfits from our next contributor, CARROT, BANANA & PEACH

Carrot, Banana & Peach is the authentic yoga brand for those who want to stretch out or break a sweat in eco-friendly, sustainable, stylish performance yoga wear that meets the needs of many forms of yoga.

Home grown in Britain during the 90’s, Carrot, Banana & Peach has remained committed to using natural based materials in sustainable eco-centric yoga clothes for men and women.

The signature bright colours which contrast with earthly tones on natural based materials, give Carrot, Banana & Peach a unique look and style. With attention to detail, quality and Mother Nature, you will not only feel fit and healthy when donning their brand but you’ll instantly feel the sports relevance in each twist, turn and jump as you are powered by nature.

There is a men’s range as well as the women’s. Prices start at about $350

You can find them online at

Next we have Jessica and Ajit.

These guys are modeling from a great vintage store based in Central called Bang Bang 70’s.

Jessica is wearing an authentic 1970’s Japanese housewife dress. This is teamed with a classic patent clutch bag, as relevant today as it was 40 years ago! Both could be purchased for around $1000

Ajit has the pleasure of wearing a 100% nylon and polyester mix classic 70’s shirt. Albeit extra deodorant needed in the summer months, this would not look out of place in any of Hong Kongs hip, young bars!!

Adele and Syd continue our Vintage theme

Adele is wearing a classic 1970’s sportswear dress in one of this season’s hottest colour, orange. The look is completed and updated for 2012 with a current shoulder bag. This outfit has been provided by VINTAGE HONG KONG, located in SOHO, Central.

Syd compliments Adele with a blouson sports jackets and original sports bag. Both are from Bang Bang 70’s which is located in SOHO Central. This store is a treasure trove of men’s and women’s clothes and accessories from the 70’s.

Vintage HK is G/F 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, HK

Bang Bang 70s is 1/F No.16A Aberdeen St, Central, HK

The Trashion Show Photos

Definitely a highlight of the evening.  The creativity was fabulous and so much fun.

From our gorgeous little first entrant in her little red packet skirt to Kate’s wonderful ball gown made from a drop sheet and accessorised with an old DB Green banner, it was great! There was new jewellery created from fabric, bottle caps & lids, plastic bags and paper clips, handbags made from a box and plastic bags, clothes made from paper, bubble wrap and plastic bottles.    My dress was made from used (washed) cotton gloves from past beach cleanups and bottle lids also collected from our beaches.

As you can see from the photos everyone enjoyed seeing the creations and the creators enjoyed putting on a show.

A very big thank you to Envirosax who kindly donated their reusable bags for the trashion show entrants.


3 days to go …

The final week before the fundraiser and it is a bit frantic!

Up for grabs on the night are these fabulous prizes in the raffle

12 bottles of Barefoot Bubbly

Sunday Brunch for 4 at Olea restaurant Novotel Tung Chung

2 dining vouchers from Linguini Fini

2 dining vouchers from Koh Tomyums

A mouthwatering giftbasket from ilBelPaese

A signature Spa treatment from the fabulous Emmanual F

Greenproofing voucher from Baby Bloom

A pamper basket of organic Miessence body care & makeup

Luxury His’n’Hers robes from Sleep Naked

A private yoga session from Discover Yoga Therapy

Your own personal chef delivering you meals with HK Personal Chef

A TeRa back pack

A gift basket of organic goodies from Fusion

Beautiful Bedrunners and stone oil burners from the inspiring Burnt Oringe range

A goodie bag from The White Lotus Centre

A haircut from the very talented Fiona

A case of mixed Australian wine from Down South Wines

And up for grabs in the silent auction are these fab goodies

A night in the Teepees for 14 people at Palm Beach, Cheung Sha

A pleasure junk for the day from Santa Fe Relocations for 27 people

Sideways Driving Simulator Racing for an hour with 12 people

1 night’s accommodation and dinner for 2 at the Tung Chung Novotel

2 stunning photographic prints on canvas from China82

A dental whitening package from Bayside Dental

A pampering Rouge Experience

Get Fit & Tone Up with 10 sessions of Bootcamp run by Elliot Stewart

3 lots of delicious organic veggies home delivered weekly for a month by Homegrown Foods

Try out your pilot skills on a flight simulator

And our major prize of

1 weeks luxury accomodation at The Village, Coconut Island Resort is very kindly donated by Absolute Resorts

and the Trashion dresscode is proudly sponsored by Envirosax

A massive, massive THANKYOU to the very generous sponsors!

My Trashion Creation …

This has been on my mind every single day since I set the optional dress code for the fundraiser!

I wanted a beach theme, that bit was easy!  But what to do??

At the last couple of beach cleanups I have been keeping an eye out for interesting objects that I could wear 🙂

So far I have collected a large piece of an Amah bag which happens to fit nicely around my waist as a skirt

211 bottle lids which I had imagined being fashioned into some ‘stunning’ jewellery

I did find a very nice piece of red rope that could possibly be a belt

But nothing has actually been created yet!

I had visions the other night (at 1am!) that I could use my plastic grass from the sushi trays that I have been collecting for a couple of years, and make some sort of grass top or skirt but I only have about 80 pieces which would be somewhat revealing.

I was also caught wandering through DB with a bagfull of discarded ‘DANGER’ tape that I thought would make a nice shirt for Jeff – must get my sewing machine out.

But please don’t feel you have to sort through rubbish, beaches, parks to find materials for your own Trashion creations.  There is so much to use in your own home that doesn’t require nearly so much effort.

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing …

Busy, Busy, Busy

Well the days are flying by and the fundraiser is coming around so quickly.

The advance ticket sales  have started at Uncle Russ and Dymocks in the plaza and the advertising posters are almost up.  Just waiting for the last few logos of sponsors.

Speaking of sponsors – wow!  I am very excited with the generous, interesting, fun, delicious and luxurious prizes that have been donated.  At this moment there are over $40, 000 in goodies up for grabs 🙂

You won’t be hungry after the fundraiser as there are lots of dining vouchers HK wide, accomodation in HK & Thailand, organic spa treatment & makeup, some very fun simulator experiences, stunning photographic prints, champagne, goodie baskets, yoga … the list goes on.

Only 15 days to go!!  Yikes!