PASSION FASHION: Gert-Johan Coetzee poses with celebrity models at the Night of the Stars even last year

With SA Fashion Week around the corner, A- list celebrities and top local fashion designers are expected to participate in the annual Night of the Stars runway show.

The event will feature as the closing for the Spring Summer collections that will be showcased from April 10 to 14.

The HospiceWits Night with the Stars (NWTS), with the support of well-known events producer and director Jan Malan, will bring fashion and charity together for a night to remember.

NWTS has become a hallmark of the South African social calendar with more than 100 celebrities, musicians and designers collaborating for a good cause.

The non-profit organisation provides care, comfort and support to patients and families affected by life-threatening illness such as cancer, HIV /Aids and organ failure.

“This annual event is such an important part of HospiceWits’ fundraising efforts as funds raised provide care and support for patients and their families. As an added bonus we get to celebrate and showcase South African creativity and design talent” said CEO of HospiceWits Jacqui Kaye.  

BOLD IN BLACK: JJ Schoeman walks down the Wits Hospice runway with celebrities at 2017 Night of the Stars.

Kaye added: “As a registered non-profit organisation, we rely on the support of corporates, trusts, foundations and individuals to enable us to meet the needs within our communities. Not only do we provide care to meet the physical needs of our patients, we go beyond that to ensure that their emotional, spiritual and psychosocial needs are met through our interdisciplinary team.”

“Our care and support is provided in the comfort of our patients’ homes (home-based care) or in our in-patient unit in Houghton,” said Kaye.

Fashion designers like Clive Rundle, Black Coffee, Gert-Johan Coetzee, ERRE and JJ Schoeman will join forces for the cause this year.

Model and TV presenter Kim Jayde is also taking part.

"This will be my second time taking part in the show, but my first time working with JJ Schoeman and I couldn't be more excited! It's always a beautiful thing when we come together to raise awareness for an amazing cause such as this," she said.

Songstress Lira will also be taking part again this year.

"It's an exciting opportunity to join hands with other SA stars and fashion designers to bring awareness to the incredible work that Hospice does," said Lira.

Musician Max-Hoba said: "I’m both thrilled and privileged to be a part of such important work that Hospice Wits does. I’m also excited to be spending time with fellow talents both in Music and Fashion. See you all there," he said.

The event will take place on Sunday April 15.