MEDIA RELEASE – 27 April 2010

Local businesses are getting together to host a special fundraising event, Arcade on Parade, in aid of Diabetes ACT. The public are invited to attend this afternoon of fun, fashion and music which will take place at the Cusack Centre in Kingston on Sunday 2 May.

Arcade on Parade is a lead event to support the fundraising efforts of Ondina Gregoric, well known Canberra business owner of Ondina Studio in Kingston, who came up with the idea for the special collaborative event which involves the other businesses in the Cusack Arcade in Kingston.

“Diabetes is a global health problem with devastating consequences. In the ACT alone, there are over 14,000 people diagnosed with diabetes, with around 100 people newly diagnosed every month. These are very alarming figures and there is a lot of work to be done,” said Ms Gregoric.

“Through the Arcade on Parade event I am aiming to raise $5000 for Diabetes ACT. It would be great if the public could come along and show their support- not only will they be helping a good cause, but they’ll enjoy a fun afternoon of fashion and music,” she continued.

Ondina, who has been in the business of providing personal fashion service at Ondina Studio for 14 years, is also participating in the Guardian Angel Gala Ball Celebrity Singing Bee on 15 May as another fundraising event. Last year’s event raised over $30,000 in a combined effort for diabetes in the ACT and surrounding areas.

“My Nephew, Rado, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of five. He is now 18 and a credit to his parents who have taught him to live a fulfilled and normal life, encouraging a positive attitude, openness and education of what it is like to live with Diabetes and a respect for his body to cope.

“I hope fundraising events like these will help raise people’s awareness of diabetes, and encourage positive attitudes,” she concluded.

Arcade on Parade will take place on Sunday 2 May from 4.30pm – 6.30pm in the Cusack Centre, Kingston. Featuring music from the Canberra Grammar School, the main event fashion parade will be held at 5pm. Tickets cost $50, with $35 from each ticket sold donated directly to Diabetes ACT. RSVP for tickets by calling (02) 6162 4488 or emailing [email protected] The event is supported by Ondina Studio, Escala, Canberra Grammar, Creative Aura, Escala Shoes and Rochipop Kids Shop.

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