Dressed for fun-raising
WHAT does a man wear under his skirt?
Dozens of Rocky blokes faced that very dilemma yesterday as they wore skirts to work in protest of fashion double standards.
About 50 local businesses got behind "Work in a Skirt Day'' ? the brainchild of SEA FM's morning crew team of Daniel "Smithy'' Smith and Paul "Blunty'' Blunt.
They reacted to a Morning Bulletin article in which journalist Darryn Nufer revealed socalled universal dress rules applied only to men, and if you were female, anything goes when it comes to acceptable fashion at work, bars, clubs and restaurants.
Smithy said he was overwhelmed with the response with all money raised from the day going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
"We didn't expect to get this much interest,'' he said.
"We're odds-on to hit the $5000 mark.''
Jason Alderson was one of three fitting and suspension specialists at Pedders Suspension Rockhampton who braved the wisecracks and wore a skirt to work. He said the air gun had been working overtime.
"It's been a battle to keep the skirt down,'' he said.
"We've copped a bit too. The boys from Allied Parts sent an invoice around and they wrote on it 'nice skirts fellas'.''
Some of the best fundraising efforts yesterday were: Department of Natural Resources and Mines ($1200); Young's Bus Service ($400); North Rockhampton Special School ($350); Smart City ($500); Gladstone Port Authority ($100); Ergon Energy ($300); The Morning Bulletin ($116), G & L Dunnett Plasterboards ($500) and Woolworths Stockland Rockhampton ($200).
Smithy and Blunty, who joined a fundraiser at the Berserker Tavern late yesterday wearing their fashion numbers, said the success of the day could result in it becoming an annual event.
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