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EVENT: Bird On A Wire High Tea for ChildWise

I don’t know if you know much about Perth’s Colosoul Group, but you will now. The local arts initiative is made up of volunteers from all over WA and is well known for supporting the Perth youth creative community. Social responsibility, cultural and community development are at the core of the Colosoul Group’s values, building and generating energy, awareness and resources towards improving the community. And with part of the money raised from their events going towards charities and youth culture, how can you go wrong?

The annual Bird On A Wire Vintage Fashion High Tea was held a few weeks back in support of anti-sex trafficking and child abuse. A somewhat heavy topic to discuss over tea, but Colosoul’s CEO and creative lady behind Bird On A Wire, Tricia Ray, was able to educate her guests on the importance of supporting charity ChildWise simply and powerfully, without bombarding attendees with facts and figures. Keeping it simple, guests were treated to delicious sweet treats by Karmalicious Cupcakes and Sweetly Baked and sipped on magical brews by Madame Flavour Tea (read about my favourite flavour here) whilst a range of vintage inspired designers sashayed down the catwalk including Mai Rose, Audrey’s Vintage Kimono’s and Bird Poetry Boutique. Entertainment included inspiring performances by Licy-B and Tricia Ray herself and the guests dolled up to the nines in gorgeous feminine attire. My kind of event, right?


I was kindly offered an invitation to attend the afternoon and my little sister L was my date for the occasion. The dress code was “Vintage Tea Party” and I had been dying to wear a new dress by local designer AVA for the longest time, and this was the perfect opportunity. Bright blues and greens in Winter is okay right? Well, I felt very retro in my gorgeous new tea dress. My little sister was kind enough to snap me for the occasion, and thankfully the rain held off for a few minutes so we could get a few shots! A roving photographer also made the guests feel like celebs, snapping away at the frivolities, and I just have to say everyone was looking a million dollars!

I know the event was few weeks back, so why am I posting this today? I just wanted to say I love supporting charities, and blogging has been one way I’ve been able to support those in need in a different way. Through blogging I’ve discovered many different charities I wouldn’t normally know existed and I’m so happy to be involved, even if it is just donating my time to the occasion. If you’re looking for a charity to donate to, ChildWise needs all the funds they can get, with no explanation needed. Human rights are essential and this group is so passionate about supporting those without a voice. There are a few ways you can donate – firstly via their website or secondly through Bird On A Wire. Tricia is a designer, author and musician, and if you pop over to her site you will find her latest children’s book Kiko available for purchase. The beautifully illustrated book touches lightly on the subject of child trafficking, but is written in a way that is perfect for teaching your kids (or yourself). Part proceeds from her book go directly to ChildWise. Keep your eye out next year for the next event too – it is the perfect chance to support the charity in a fun and lovely environment. Or if you’re passionate about another charity, here is a friendly prompt to donate! 


Do you support a certain charity? Which one and why?

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PS – Colosoul’s next fashion event with Fox Feet is WA Born as part of the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. Grab your tickets here and expect to see the likes of JONTÉ, Blushed by Tegan Jacobs and Ethel & Leo. Excited! 


  1. twenty says

    Fabulous pics and a great cause. Beautiful sisters. I always think the Royal Flying Doctors service is a great group to donate to. Thinking of those in far of regions who rely heavily of the RFDS to keep them alive and well. As with all charities, every cent counts. Great post.

    • Thanks Beth, it really was. And the cause is so important, something all know exists but try to push out of our mind site as it is so hard to think about xx

  2. Oh how I love a high tea!! This one looks like it was delicious (and all for a great cause!!). I’d love to support so many more charities, but I’ve got a couple that are very close to my heart.

  3. Petra Vanessie says

    You look stunning Ms Emma and thank you for the opportunity to find out more about Colosoul and their wonderful work. I used to work for charities and they do require so much support to be able to help others in need. I know they are not a charity but I have been supporting the GotoFund requests from Humans of New York to help everyday people fight poverty, hard times or social justice issues around the world. So inspirational, like you xx

    • What an amazing fund to support Miss! I love HONY. Such inspiring and beautiful stories. May have to look into that one myself. xx

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