Several quality, second-hand clothing and brand name garments will go under the hammer at a charity auction on Saturday night, raising funds to improve health and education facilities in South Sudan. The Riches to Rags auction will consist of a fashion parade with live music this Saturday, May 6 at 6.30pm held at the Catholic Centre. Donated items of preloved clothing will be modelled by students and DJ Ash Friesen will keep the beats going all night as plenty of clothing is available to place a bid on. The event is raising funds for St Benedict’s School in Akot Village, South Sudan, set up by former Geraldton pharmacist Guor Michar, a refugee from that country. Mr Michar met his wife Abok Dau in a refugee camp, married and moved to Geraldton with their children. Mr Michar began working at the pharmacy in Stirling Central, then moved to the pharmacy in Wandina before leaving to the Peel district. Mr Michar said fundraising began in 2015, and through Geraldton’s support he was able to establish a medical centre in 2017 and a primary school in 2021 in South Sudan. There are currently close to 400 children enrolled in the school. With about three fundraisers in Geraldton a year, Mr Michar said almost $100,000 has been raised in the Geraldton community alone. Organising committee member Jocelyn Ross said the Geraldton community had been incredibly generous in supporting Mr Michar to establish the first women’s medical clinic and a small school in the isolated part of the country. “Thanks to the generosity of the Mid West people, we’ve helped many women and children in South Sudan and it’s no exaggeration to say that we have saved lives,” she said. Tickets are $20 for an adult and $10 concession.