Fashion week designers help charity with Surfing the Runway event

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Charleston Fashion Week is just days away and you won't just find models and the hottest trends in downtown Charleston.

Sunday, one group of designers got together on Folly Beach to host a runway show and it was all to help others. Models walked the runway to do more than show off new styles.

"It's all for Surfers Healing," said designer Megan Waldrep. "If it wasn't for them and the people that wanted to help these kids it wouldn't be for anything."

Waldrep is talking about an organization that uses surfing as therapy for autistic kids. Professional surfers from all over the world come to Charleston for a three-day camp, but they need money to get here.

"The money buys them lunch, t-shirts and helps fly the surfers in," said designer Emily Bargeron.

When local designers noticed the impact surfers healing had on kids, they got to work.

"We all know kids that have autism, it seemed like a perfect fit for this runway," Bargeron said.

"This one is kind of laid back, Folly beach, causal," said designer Krista Beth Huff. "People feel more comfortable coming to something like this you don't have to get all gussied up."

Designers say it takes months of planning, but it's worth it in the end.

"It's definitely beneficial in the end when we can come out to the beach and see the kids enjoy what we helped them do," Huff said.

This is the second year for Surfing the Runway. The designers have raised just over $5,000 to donate to surfers healing.

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