Oamaru ladies went above and beyond expectation by raising more than $6000 for underprivileged babies in Cambodia last Friday.
Wearing their best dresses, more than 150 women attended the Frock Friday event, which was held at the Portside Restaurant & Bar.
Organiser Bernadette Hyland, who grew up in Oamaru, said she had done several of these events before in other parts of the country but none had done as well as this one.
“I’m just really grateful for the support,” she said.
“Oamaru just has such a huge heart.”
The most that had been raised at a previous Frock Friday was $4000, but this included a whole weekend of events.
Raising so much money in one night thoroughly exceeded her expectations, she said.
“It was a huge success really. It was fantastic.
“It was a really gorgeous night.”
Women aged between 18 and 80 packed into the venue to chat and have a glass of wine as well as bidding on seven local artworks which raised $2740.
“It’s about women coming together to support other women and babies in need,” Miss Hyland said.
“It’s a really heart-warming feeling to know that we have got that support.”
Miss Hyland came up with the idea for Frock Friday while volunteering in Phnom Penh last year and finding mothers were feeding their babies rice water mixed with sugar, as their diets prevent them from producing breast milk.
She started Baby Rescue and Treatment (BRAT) Cambodia with the support of One2One Charity.
BRAT Cambodia, which is run by self-funded volunteers, provides food, vaccinations and medication to mothers and their babies living in Phnom Penh.
By RUBY HARFIELD
PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Melissa Bartlett and organiser Bernadette Hyland enjoying the evening.