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Thursday, August 10 2017 - 17:27
Dressing for success; $127,000 raised to help empower women in need
SYDNEY, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Australian celebrities including Sally Obermeder, Ben Fordham and Deb Knight 
strut the catwalk for Dress for Success Sydney's 200 Years of Empowerment -- A 
Fashion Journey, supported by Westpac

- Westpac supports Dress for Success Sydney to deliver new Money Management 
workshops to help women in need to achieve economic independence 

Over 350 guests joined Dress for Success Sydney, a leading not-for-profit 
organisation for the empowerment of women through employability services, for 
its annual fundraising event last night, which raised over $127,000 to support 
women in need to achieve economic independence.

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The event, 200 Years of Empowerment -- A Fashion Journey, supported by Westpac, 
showcased a unique curation of the esteemed Darnell Collection by Dress for 
Success Sydney ambassador, Charlotte Smith, and shared an insight into how 
these outfits have empowered women over the last two centuries across 32 
countries. The Darnell Collection is the largest private vintage clothing 
collection in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The incredible outfits featured, dating from 1817 to 2017, included rare pieces 
from Mary Katrantzou, Pucci, Eisa (Balenciaga) and Peter Pilloto. The 
Collection was modelled by some of Australia's most recognised celebrities and 
personalities, including The Daily Edition's Sally Obermeder, Channel 9's Deb 
Knight, 2GB Sydney Live and Australian Ninja Warrior presenter Ben Fordham, ABC 
Sydney 7pm Weekend News host Jeremy Fernandez, and rally car driver Molly 

Dress for Success Sydney's CEO, Ursula McGeown, said the funds raised would 
provide services that empower women to achieve economic independence by 
providing professional attire, individual career support programs, training, 
mentoring services and access to a support network.

"There are over 95,000 women across New South Wales of all ages, ethnicities 
and backgrounds who are seeking employment, facing a variety of life's 
challenges, that need our help.  Since opening our doors in 2009 we have 
supported more than 12,000 women on their employment journey from welfare to 
work," Ms McGeown said.

"We rely on the generosity of spirit of a community, and it's thanks to events 
like 200 Years of Empowerment -- A Fashion Journey and the tireless support of 
our volunteers, sponsors and partners like Westpac that we are able to make a 
real difference in the lives of women and girls."

Ms McGeown added: "We know our services make a difference but there is always 
more we can do; which is why this year we have partnered with Westpac to offer 
our clients essential financial literacy and money management education to help 
women reach their full potential." 

From September, Westpac will host Money Management workshops through Westpac's 
Davidson Institute with Dress for Success Sydney to help clients have a greater 
understanding of topics like budgeting, borrowing, superannuation and life 
planning. The Davidson Institute provides free financial education to 
individuals, businesses, not for profit organisations and community groups in 
the form of online tools and webinars. 

Bernadette Inglis, Westpac Group General Manager of Retail & Premium Bank, 
said: "Westpac has a strong legacy of supporting the community and advocating 
for women's financial and gender parity and leadership in Australia. So it was 
a natural fit for us to partner with an organisation, like Dress for Success 
Sydney, whose mission is to help women in need to have brighter futures and 
achieve economic independence, which I believe is important for all Australian 

"I'm delighted that funds raised at last night's event will go some way to 
helping women in need to be more confident about their financial future. In 
fact, I encourage all Australian women and girls to take more control on their 
personal finance, education and employability so that they may achieve 

Ms Inglis added: "We know that many Australian women (77%)1 wish they were more 
financially literate and wish they had more, or more thorough, training in at 
least one area of financial literacy. We hope through partnering with 
organisations like Dress for Success Sydney we can help improve financial 
literacy standards and build the financial confidence of women and girls."
Presenting event partner, Westpac has been providing support including skilled 
volunteering to Dress for Success Sydney since 2015, through the Westpac 
Foundation Community Grants program and BT Financial Runway for Success.  

Special mention: 200 Years of Empowerment is proudly supported by Westpac. The 
event would not be possible without the support of Quay Appointments, QBE, 
Peter Rowland, Williams Lea Tag, Total Image, A&TA, Museum of Applied Arts & 
Science, The Darnell Collection, Doltone House, Rimmel London, Madame Tussauds, 
DJ Lady Tre, Frank Provost, Brigitte Grant Photography, CF Direct, Fernando 
Miranda, Grace Removals Group, Grant Cowan, Good Day Girl, Justine Ferguson 
Property Specialists, Josophan's Fine Chocolates, Micro Hire, Xplore, Whisk & 
Pin, Wildlife Hair & Beauty, and Zecca.

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SOURCE:  Dress for Success Sydney and Westpac