APPROXIMATELY 4 million children die each year due to sanitation related diseases, which can be easily avoided with basic infrastructure, health education and access to clean water.
Brisbane nutritionist and Paradise 4 Kids (P4K) advocate Jacqui Toumbas is on a mission to help raise awareness and funds for communities in the poverty-stricken country of Sierra Leone.
For Jacqui, it was a life-changing trip to Sierra Leone in 2012 that opened her eyes to the extreme poverty and harsh reality of living standards for children in Western Africa.
Jacqui’s strong passion for helping those in need is a result of her family’s involvement in the not-for-profit organisation P4K, which has allowed her to proactively make a difference in the form of educating and fundraising.
“Access to clean water and hygienic living conditions are often basic necessities that are taken for granted in our society; sadly, there are many people who live in countries where access to these basic needs are scarce,” said Jacqui.
“I knew that small change would make a big difference and I see it is our responsibility as global citizens to help all those in need.
“My passion was to create an annual event that would excite young adults in Brisbane and educate them about the global issues of communities that are less fortunate.”
For the second year in a row, Jacqui is holding Catwalk to Compassion (C2C) a fundraising event that is centred on a fashion runway show to support larger charity organisation Paradise 4 Kids.
The event, which is being held inside Cloudland on October 31 at 7pm, will feature collections from Teal and Tala, Denim and Co, Sport Lé Moda, and Calibre; coupled with prizes and raffles courtesy of a number of major sponsors.
“Brisbane has grown to become a multicultural city with a wealth of entrepreneurial individuals, but we are still small enough to have strong community roots,” Jacqui said.
“It is through these roots that I urge a sense of social responsibility to look beyond our city and our country to consider us as part of a global village.”
All funds raised from the event would contribute to the development of a toilet block and hand washing facilities, as well as education into basic health hygiene for the children at the Syke St School compound.
Tickets are $65 per person and are available at http://paradise4kids.org/upcoming-events/c2c-2014/