Butterfly Foundation Chrysalis Ball

Okay, people. I’ve been busy working on Body, Mind & Sol’s new website, rehearsing for a TV advertorial, reviewing a whole heap of fitness products, instructing at several gyms, interviewing for sports articles ….. You name it. I’ve really been wishing I could clone myself.

Sol kitted out

Trialling lots of different fitness products for work’s been fun, even if some of them left me absolutely baffled, looking up instructions on the internet on how on earth they might work. The best ones look normal, are functional and can really add to your workout. What really had me surprised though, was the compression gear. Maybe it’s just that I’m getting old but I really love how it sucks you in, looks quite futuristic and keeps you warmer than usual sportswear. Perfect for anyone with poor circulation, too – gosh, I sound like my own nanna! Anyhow, stay tuned for more info on where to read my review.

One of the things I really wish I could have spent much more time on recently is raising awareness for The Butterfly Foundation. It’s a charity that works towards a healthier body image in our society. The girls at Butterfly are absolutely “dedicated to changing the culture, policy and practise in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders” and are doing a great job in my opinion.

They educate young school girls on healthy body image, have a rural helpline for eating disorders and run numerous initiatives and fundraisers throughout the year. Their vision is “to live in a world that celebrates health, well-being and diversity” and as a journalist, model and Pilates trainer with a personal connection to the issue, I’ve been trying to assist the charity where I can: I’ll be hosting a  table at their annual fundraiser in May, taking part in promotional activities and beating the drum for corporate sponsors and friends and family to donate to their auction, come to the event and donate on an ongoing basis. Careful if you’re on the phone to me in the next week!

I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive feedback so far! Especially my agency Bella Models has been hugely helpful and, as a result, I’ve been able to even theme most of the the donations. It’s all about FEELING GOOD! There’s a Feel Good Outfit (including Morrissey underwear, shoes, dress etc), a Feel Good Personal Stylist Session, a Feel Good Photo Shoot, – you guessed it – Feel Good Skincare, Feel Good Lounge Outfit and the list goes on! Mr K has donated a dress for me to wear to the auction (and one to bid on) and I’ll be going on radio over the next weeks to talk about body image and wellbeing. I’ll update this post with sponsors early next week but for now, here’s YOUR call to action!

Donations close by the end of next week and tables are almost sold out already. So, if you care about the issue and would like to get involved, do it NOW. Don’t think you’ll get onto it tomorrow or next week. Get in touch via bookings@solwalkling.com or contact Mary Orenstein at the Butterfly Foundation today. Every little thing counts. And I’d love to see you at the Ball on May 13th. I’ve copied the event information below.

Chrysalis BallThe Butterfly Foundation Chrysalis Ball – Sydney


Where:Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney
When: Thursday 13th May 2010, 6.30pm – 11.30pm
What: Gourmet three course dinner with quality wines and great entertainment
Who: 250 – 300 guests, including celebrities, media personalities, high net worth individuals, corporate & social networks, as well as those with a ‘lived’ experience
MC: Ben Fordham, multi awarding winning journalist and Channel 9 reporter
Auctioneer: Glenn Wheeler,2GB and the Morning Show – Channel 7
Entertainment: John Field Band
Cost: $200 per ticket / $2,000 table of 10 / $3,000 Corporate table of 10
Celebrity Hosted Tables – Be entertained by a mystery celebrity and their guest!  Be quick – limited number available.  Cost: $ 2,000 per table of 8 guests

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