A fundraiser through the roof

Stéphanie Alcaraz-Robinson
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A humoristic fashion show for the Roxboro United Church

Fashion Around the World showcased models from the community - such as Roxboro’s Justine McIntyre, Bois-de-Liesse city councillor and spokesperson of the event – in the hopes to raise money to build a new roof for the Roxboro United Church. Even the reverend Darryl MacDonald, got up to strut his stuff.

"In this church, there is such a sense of community," said McIntyre. "The way the church was built, it includes a multifunction hall, a gymnasium, etc. For example, the kitchen is used by Meals on Wheels." Because the church opens its doors to so many people, McIntyre said it was important to support their efforts to raise money.

“Unfortunately, it’s going to cost a lot,” she said. The repairs on the church’s roof are estimated at near $100,000, and are thought to be a long-term venture. The spokesperson said the fashion show fit the image of the church, "very young, very humouristic and unifying."

As a model at the event, she paraded as a representative of France, with a baguette under one arm and wine glass in hand. “It was an event where we could make fun of each other,” she said. She also noted that these types of events, which brought young and old together, were rare – kids often get to sport costumes and wear disguises, but adult events are usually more reserved.

At time of press, the exact amount that was raised was still unknown. McIntyre estimated a 3,750$ for the fundraiser itself and about 450$ for the contest that was held during the evening. McIntyre, a Roxboro resident, says that she knows the church very well. “My three kids each went to the Jardin D’enfants Beechwood Preschool.”

Organizations: Roxboro United Church

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