Councillors raise funds on catwalk

Councillors Joanna Strathdee and Katrina Farquhar
Councillors Joanna Strathdee and Katrina Farquhar

Two Donside councillors have swapped the debating chamber for the catwalk and helped to raise over £50,000 for the Friends of Anchor cancer charity.

Tory Cllr Katrina Farquhar, of Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, and SNP Cllr Joanna Strathdee, Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford, put party political differences aside to strut their stuff for the charity which aims to support cancer and haematology care in the North-east of Scotland.

All 24 models who took to the ‘Courage on the Catwalk’ event at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom on Sunday (April 20) had experience of cancer.

Cllr Strathdee has taken to the stage while undergoing her third round of chemotherapy for primary peritoneal cancer, which was first diagnosed in May 2010.

She said before the show: ““I feel privileged to have been selected for this task. We will get the chance to walk down the catwalk in three different outfits, and this is such a great opportunity to be able to raise money for a great cause.”

Cllr Farquhar was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago.

She said: “The whole event has been absolutely fantastic I have met some inspirational people over the last two months and we shall all be keeping in touch with one another. We would like to say a big thank you to friends and family for all coming along on Sunday to the Beach Ballroom to support us and donating so much. Also for everyone that gave there time to do our hair, make up and made us all feel truly special. (It was a) Great event and it just shows there is hope after that diagnosis of cancer as all 24 models showed on Sunday.”

Crowds flocked to the Ballroom for the £25-per-head show.

Other local faces included One local model, Joan Cordier, of Durris, who has gone through Cancer last year.

Joan, a Banchory Postwoman, hit the stage in to much applause, with some not recognising her out of her posite’s uniform.

A sponsor of the event was Riah Hair and Beauty.

Julie Sangster, Salon owner a Riah said: “It was a very inspiring assignment for us, and we felt so privileged to be part of such a rewarding event. There were a lot of tears of emotion, but our models looked simply fabulous.”