Quebec fashion on display to raise funds for cystic fibrosis

Global Morning anchor Laura Casella poses with Quebec designer Lisette Limoges at a fashion fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2017. Laura Casella/Global News

When they’re not hard at work on Global News Morning in Montreal, anchor Laura Casella and weather specialist Kim Sullivan can often be found giving back to their community.

On Friday evening, the dynamic duo strutted their stuff on the catwalk, showcasing the latest in Québécois fashion — and it was all for a good cause.

Proceeds of the evening went to Cystic Fibrosis Canada (CFC) , a national charitable not-for-profit corporation established over 55 years ago.

The group’s mission is to ultimately find a cure for cystic fibrosis by funding research into the disease.

The organization also advocates on behalf of those living with cystic fibrosis — a genetic disease that mainly affects the lungs and digestive system.

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Friday’s soirée wasn’t just about fashion and fundraising, it was also about honouring longtime CFC volunteer and advocate Carol Ann Kairns, a sales director with Corus Entertainment.

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In a speech ahead of the fashion show, Yannick Brouillette, CFC’s director general in Quebec, praised Kairns for her courage and resilience, as a mother to a daughter with cystic fibrosis.

He also thanked her for tireless work over the years to bring attention to the cause.

“The contribution of Carol Ann Kairns  in the fight against cystic fibrosis these last eight years, in terms of visibility and direct financing, amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Brouillette said.

Kairns was recognized with the 2017 Exceptional Contribution Award.

Brouillette also extended his thanks to all those who made the fashion show a “resounding success.”

“From the bottom of my heart I want to thank all the people who made it possible: the designers, celebrity models, children and families of people living with cystic fibrosis—everyone who had a hand in the event,” he said in a written statement.  “Their generous support is helping advance Cystic Fibrosis research. And we’re thrilled to be able to raise awareness about our cause while providing a forum for Québec fashion designers to show their fabulous creations to the world.”

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The first edition of “Fashion is in the Air” raised $50,000.


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