Most people who frequent the Cessnock CBD would be familiar with Beccie Leathley’s fabulous fashion sense.
The modern pin-up girl, who works at Insite Planning in Vincent Street, is known to turn heads with her ‘50s-style vintage dresses, stilettos and hairstyles.
During October, Beccie and a team of 12 fellow pin-up girls – Ms. Katt’s Kustom House – took part in the Frocktober fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
Beccie wore a different frock every day throughout the month, and as she exceeded her fundraising goal of $1000, spent October 31 in the vintage ball gown that she wore in the Miss Pin-up Australia competition in 2011.
“People donated to me on the proviso that I wore this gown on the last day, but you have to have a normal day, so I’ve even been to the post office in it,” she said.
Beccie’s donations have come from as far as Canada, the UK and Switzerland, from followers on her sewing blog, Sew Retro Rose.
Her team has almost doubled their fundraising target of $3000, and donations are still being accepted.
Frocktober began in 2007 when some friends in Geelong, Victoria decided to do something fun to raise funds for women’s health.
Since then, it has raised more than half a million dollars for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
One Australian woman dies every 10 hours from this disease. Funds raised through Frocktober go towards early detection research.
Donations for this year’s campaign are still being accepted. To sponsor Beccie, visit https://frocktober.everydayhero.com/au/beccie, where you can also see photos of the 31 dresses she wore throughout the month.