Lee Duffield

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Local designers come together to help developing countries

Dress by Aimee Kahl (Photo: Kate Kirby. Photo supplied by TIME)

Dress by Aimee Kahl (Photo: Kate Kirby; Photo supplied by TIME)

A student organisation is giving young Brisbane designers a chance to showcase their pieces to raise funds to buy medical supplies for developing countries.

Toward International Medical Equity (TIME)  is hosting a fashion show at The Zoo on August 25 to assist the group with its Medical Aid initiative and other health-related projects.

TIME has previously provided much-needed support to hospitals in Vietnam, Peru, Samoa, Uganda, Kenya, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

The show will feature pieces from 2009 Billabong Swimwear Designer of the Year Rhaman Donovan, blanc+delta, QUT fashion student and Dubai International Fashion Show designer Skye Kerr, and QUT fashion graduate Aimee Kahl.

Other pieces displayed on the night are those of Brisbane graphics artist Joyce Ho.

Ho has been selected to collaborate with the Museum of Brisbane on Brisbane Goes to the Pictures, and has been shortlisted for the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Art.

TIME Fashion Show convenyor Minnie Dinh is “incredibly excited” about the night.

“The show offers something very unique for its target demographic – it’s a great chance for young Brisbane to come up close and personal to some of our most creative talents,” she said.

“[And] this is a great opportunity for everyone to contribute towards such a great cause.”

TIME consists of UQ students who are committed to promoting and establishing an equal standard of health care in Australia and around the world.

TIME President Arthur Cheung lists indigenous health disparities, refugee health, maternal health and the impact of climate change on health as the group’s main concerns.

Our vision is ‘a world where the gross health inequalities between communities and countries we see today no longer exist’,” he said.

“Ultimately, we aim to assist the many communities in developing regions throughout the world.

“Our focus is a balance between needy communities which are geographically close by, [such as] Indigenous communities and Pacific islands, and those which are the most needy; often sub-Saharan African communities.”

The night also includes performances by Brisbane bands The Chutes and Fiction.

Fiction rhythm guitarist Brian Lee said the band “jumped at the opportunity” to play the event.

“I’d be lying if I said we weren’t excited about this gig,” Lee said.

“It’s going to be our first gig at The Zoo and we feel it’s a huge achievement for us on the Brisbane gigging scene.

“Obviously, raising the quality of medical service at local, national and international levels is a great cause, and we all individually support it.”