In anticipation of the Christmas season, Craig and Andrea McKim, owners of McKims Jewellery Design in Milton, wanted to show their support for the Mater Foundation once again. The couple has a long relationship with Mater, which began when their triplets were born at Mater Mothers.

To help raise funds and awareness for stroke research, Craig and Andrea are hosting a VIP jewellery fashion parade at their store on 22 November. Craig has handcrafted a gold and diamond piece specifically for the event. It is 18 carat yellow gold pendant, featuring one claw-set brilliant yellow natural quartz, with 16 brilliant white diamonds and 16 brilliant yellow diamonds. It is valued at $6350.

The night will also include champagne, food and live music.

Raewyn Bailey, business woman and philanthropist, will be guest speaker.

A percentage of sales will be going towards funding stroke research at Mater.

The Mater Foundation is known for its work raising funds for stroke victims. Its Steps for Stroke: El Camino 2018 trek is intended to help the Mater’s research team assist patients recovering from memory lost, poor concentration, and motivation after stroke. This will lead to better quality of life after the traumatic experience.

Last year, Craig trekked Yosemite and raised more than $16,000 for dementia research at Mater.  Previous to this, Andrea and Craig have assisted with fundraising for Mater Little Miracles.

The trek was the catalyst behind this year’s event. Craig was so impacted by his experience, he wanted to support another trekker for 2018. The funds raised by the fashion parade will be used to help support a participant who will be trekking the El Camino next May with a team representing the Mater Foundation.

The trekkers of 2018 will be part of a nine day guided track with other fundraisers who will get the chance to explore Spain’s culture, cuisine, and natural beauty. The tour starts in Madrid, Spain’s capital city, before embarking on the Camino de Santiago, one of the world’s great walks.

There are still spaces remaining on the trek. Click here to learn more or register.

Other readers enjoyed these socials from last year’s Mater Little Miracles Ball here.