Stepping out for charity

Pivotal Point trustee Alana Waples, centre, flanked by Wallace & Gibbs Group’s Lizzy Wallace...
Pivotal Point trustee Alana Waples, centre, flanked by Wallace & Gibbs Group’s Lizzy Wallace-Gibbs, left, and Caro Walak. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
A Queenstown charity’s putting on a fashion show next Thursday to raise vital funding to support neurodivergent children and young people with learning differences.

Pivotal Point Charitable Trust’s hosting ‘Summer’s Eve’ at QT Queenstown’s Red Bar, which has an island bar allowing up-close viewing.

Featured are summer collections from local designers and retailers — Arrowtown’s Wallace & Gibbs, Ikon and GOALS, Queenstown’s Mr. Davis Menswear and celebrated Arrowtown fashion designer Peni Taehi, who had a top-five finish on TV’s Project Runway New Zealand five years ago and recently presented a Pacific collection at NZ Fashion Week.

Tickets, $89, include bubbles on arrival and canapes throughout the show.

There’ll also be a live auction, called by livewire local realtor Brendan Quill, and a silent auction, while DJ Lenni Vibe will bring the beats.

Pivotal Point trustee and Summer’s Eve organiser Alana Waples says they’re also thankful to Reds Bar and TomTom Productions for their support.

She explains funds raised go towards the ‘Pivotal Point Pledge’, supporting neurodiverse local children and young people access essential assessments and therapies which can be life-changing. However, they can also be unaffordable for many families, which is where the charity steps in — so far, through two funding rounds, it’s allocated almost $30,000 to 26 tamariki and rangatahi.

Tickets for next Thursday’s show are for sale via and Humanitix — doors open 7.30pm, show starts about 8.15pm.