Bendigo traders give generously

Updated November 6 2012 - 7:19pm, first published September 21 2011 - 1:40am
Bendigo traders give generously

A group of central Bendigo traders are banding together to support others in need.Shop owners in Killians Walk and Centreway Arcade are planning a fashion parade for Thursday, October 6, between 6pm and 8.30pm, to raise funds for two Bendigonians who are fighting for their health.Haylee Kennedy, business development manager for Stryde, is leading a team of shopowners planning a two-hour fashion show to help 14-year-old Dakota Duke, who suffered a trauma-induced stroke following a head injury during a junior football match, and Tiffany Murray who is receiving specialist treatment for a brain tumour. Mrs Kennedy said the circumstances facing Dakota and Tiffany were beyond the imaginations of the shop owners and had inspired them to do something together.“We are determined to come together, have some fun and give a bit of love and donate some money to the people who need it.’’Maryann Martinek, who operates Killians Walk Chocolate Shop, said she believed the parade could become an annual event to raise awareness of brain-related injuries.Mrs Kennedy said Bendigo businesses were generously donating products and services to the event. A raffle will start tomorrow, leading up to the event, with tickets available from the supporting businesses.Shop owners who marked the launch of the event were Ms Martinek, Sue Kersting from Killians Walk Fashion Recycle, Deb Beazley from Stryde, Vicki Davies from Saxi Girl Boutique, Kathie Morley from Before the Bounce, Chris Stearns from Stearns Showcase Jewellers, Elaine McGrath from Hip Pocket, Bob Morley, (back) Robyn Hutchinson from Doris, Maree Ellis From Bridal and Debutante Creations, Mrs Kennedy and Peter Gullivan from Bendigo Locksmiths.