Turning Junk to Funk

FUNKY: Roanne Matsen busy preparing to create an outfit out of recyclable materials for Junk to Funk.
FUNKY: Roanne Matsen busy preparing to create an outfit out of recyclable materials for Junk to Funk.

As a parent of a student at the Whyalla Special Education Centre Roanne Matsen knows first hand the difference Junk to Funk makes in the classroom.

Her 14-year-old son Angus is one of many children who benefit from new equipment purchased using the funding from Junk to Funk – that’s a big part of the reason she is participating in this year’s event. 

“What Junk to Funk brings to the school is awesome,” Ms Matsen said.

“It can be expensive to purchase equipment for special needs children, so to have a big fundraiser like this is brilliant.”

Ms Matsen will be putting her sewing skills to the test as she prepares to participate in the Open category of the competition. She plans to use recyclable materials to craft an outfit for her model Taylah Stirling.

“I haven’t been a creator before, previously I have helped out on the night. It’s a great event, so many people have unique ideas – a lot of creativity goes into it,” she said.

“It gets people’s names out there in a positive way.”