Getting to work in a lovely light-filled office in bustling Prahran, I think, means we at FRANk do have it pretty good. There are loads of interesting shops, caffeinated people and great food stops around, so lunch hour is never boring!
But besides all the superficial charms of Prahran, we also do appreciate the work and beliefs of our down-the-road neighbour, the Prahran Mission. The Prahran Mission, located on Chapel St, focuses its efforts on providing emergency relief services to those experiencing poverty, homelessness and economic disadvantages as well as rehabilitation services to those experiencing mental illness and psychiatric disability. We stand with them in believing that everyone, regardless of their mental health or economic/social disadvantage, has a right to a full and meaningful life. You can read more about what they do and the services and support they provide on their website.
Earlier this month, a fashion fundraiser – Mission 65 – was organised to bring together a selection of Melbourne’s most accomplished design talent and students from the Whitehouse Institute of Design in a glamorous 1940s themed evening to celebrate 65 years of community support from the Prahran Mission. Mission 65’s fundraising involved an interactive fashion show and silent auction. Using clothing from the Mission’s op shops, esteemed Melbourne designers such as Jenny Bannister, Project Runway’s Anthony Capon and Madam Virtue created new from the old.
While many beautiful pieces were sold at the live auction itself, a few are still awaiting their fashionable owners. FRANk is proud to support the Prahran Mission in its fundraising cause, by organising and promoting an online auction of the remaining pieces. The garments have just been placed on eBay, so take a look, place a bid or two or three, and tell your fashionista friends – 100% of the proceeds go to the Prahran Mission and to helping people in need.
Check out FRANk’s freshly stocked online shop of designer couture for the Prahran Mission!
You can also see the glamorous pictures from the Mission 65 fashion show here.