The idea was that people wear hats and donate a gold coin (or just donate if they be hat-shy) and all funds collected would go to Blue Care.
Blue Care (more commonly known as the Blue Nurses) is a not-for-profit organisation run by the Uniting Church to help improve the lives of the infirm and elderly. They help people in a number of ways including at-home visits by the Blue Nurses, community programs to help elderly connect and the operation of a number of nursing homes. Their at-home visits allow many elderly people to remain in their own home rather than be relocated to nursing homes.
On the day I took in a hat-box full of hats for those who didn't have one or forgot. We raised a decent little sum of $160 for Blue Care and I got the chance to wear my super-amazing 60s soft sheepskin hat.
I knew that a big furry hat required an outfit to match. You can't wear a hat like that with jeans and sneakers...
Dress: Black 40s dress (Denisebrain Etsy)
Cardigan: Black frill-collared cardigan (Target)
Shoes: Oxblood red heeled boots (Joanne Mercer)
Accessories: AWESOME HAT - a 60s brushed sheepskin hat, pearl earrings, silver and pearl brooch, navy and polka-dot scarf (all thrifted except the earrings).