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Boots and beauty for the food bank

Dust off your best frocks, polish your gumboots, and get out your camera: the Glamour and Gumboots foodbank fundraiser is back.

The photography competition was organised in Wairarapa last year to raise funds for the region’s four food banks. This year, it aims to be bigger and better, Charlotte Harding, co-founder of the event, said.

“We achieved $250 for each of the four foodbanks last year, which we were really chuffed about. But the goal is $1000 for each food bank this year.”

The idea for Glamour and Gumboots, inspired by an exhibition at Wellington’s Dowse Art Museum, was developed by Harding and photographer Nicole Halliday, of Fire Inside Photography.

“It sort of stemmed from random conversations about we need to bring more glamour into everyday life,” Harding said.

“You should feel more gorgeous more of the time.”

The rules of entry into this year’s competition are simple: “Don whatever you think is glamorous, don your gumboots, and get into a situation of your choosing that you think totally embraces glamour and gumboots.”

Last year’s images included people modelling with their cattle, posing on the riverside fishing, and glamorous gardening.

“One gentleman even got quite racy in Thunderpants,” Harding said.

The cost to enter is a suggested koha of $5.

Carterton resident Kylie Mole and 26 “sexy señoritas in gummies” have already submitted their image to the competition, along with a $400 donation.

Not only is the experience fun, Mole said, it can also be a confidence boost for entrants.

“It was completely out of the comfort zone of many of the women, but they put their fears aside – not only for this fabulous charity but also for their personal growth.”

Masterton Foodbank will receive a portion of the funds raised from this year’s competition.

Manager Jenna Matchett has seen the demand for the service increase and expects that to continue as the cost of living crisis lingers.

The cost to run foodbanks is also increasing, she said.

The impact of the money raised from Glamour and Gumboots will be huge, Matchett said.

“One thousand dollars is enough to cover half of a week’s grocery bill for our foodbank, so it will make a real difference.”

Erin Kavanagh-Hall
Erin Kavanagh-Hall
Erin Kavanagh-Hall is the editor of the Wairarapa Midweek. She has been a journalist for the past 10 years, and has a keen interest in arts, culture, social issues, and community justice.

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