Congratulations to all the 2016 Winners

Open Winner 2016, Olivia Strumfin will fly (all expensed paid) to Europe in February to start her working contract with CORE Management based in Hamburg and Berlin. Having just completed her HSC, she is ready to ‘fly’. We wish her every success as she embarks on her dream, a new career and a new chapter of life.

Contracts with CORE Management to work in Europe are being considered with the following winners and finalists for 2017: Chloe Ryan, Jinima Waddy Parsons, Bree Millar, Sam McGlone, Natalie Barker, Wyatt Brennan. Other contracts are being negotiated for two of last year’s finalists, who have now fished their HSC: Kyam Hunt and Savanna McDonagh. Congratulations to Shania Montana as the Top Fundraiser and to Madelaine Baker as the recipient to the Michael Heald Personal Development Award, sponsored by South Coast Private Hospital.

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Star power: Internationally signed model and Highlights on Mental Health ambassador Kirra Jones with Billie Gurr at Saturday’s ball. Pictures: Robert Peet.

Kirra Jones is a shining example of the possibilities and career outcomes – as a direct result of the multi faceted opportunities brought about by Illawarra’s Top Model.

At the Illawarra Top Model Highlights Ball and Grand Awards Wollongong’s own Kirra Jones, our Ambassador for Highlights on Mental Health and the face of ITM – now a successful International Model, since she was spotted and groomed for an international modelling career – made possible by our Gold Sponsors CORE Management EU. Kirra was launched into Europe 2014 and is now signed with leading agencies in London, Paris, Milan and New York among others, and is featured on runways of the world’s fashion capitals sporting all the top international brands. Kirra spoke so enthusiastically about her worldly experiences, challenges and triumphs. She was also able to express with her own first hand experience how important this cause is to her – and that she was honoured to be our guest again at the 2016 Awards Event.

Another news item (you can drop off the old ones)

As we conclude the fourth year of our campaign we are proud of our progress in the Illawarra – as Highlights on Mental Health and Illawarra’s Top Model have ramped up a significantly improved, positive and accepting attitude towards mental health. Our progress and success have been made possible only due to the extraordinary support and encouragement from our Major Sponsors, Community & Media Partners, Foundation Sponsors – and all the ground troops who have gone beyond the call to support this exciting new initiative. We are confident in our mission to progress and move forward with improved awareness and fundraising for mental health in the Illawarra… and look forward to the continued relationships and support from our valued sponsors, acknowledged here-under.

llawarra Mercury Readers’ Choice Award winner Bree Millar – Photo Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio

Winner of 2016 Illawarra’s Top Model Olivia Srumfin – Photo Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio



Dapto teenager Olivia Strumfin was announced as the winner of the Illawarra’s Top Model competition at a gala night held at the University Hall on Saturday night.

The 18-year-old was picked out from 12 finalists, with an event spokeswoman saying she had been recognised for being “an all-round package”.

Ms Strumfin will head to Europe to work with German-based modelling agency Core Artist Management as part of her prize.

This year’s second annual modelling competition received more than 100 entrants and raised $52,000. Funding will go towards a mental health “clubhouse”, run out of St John’s Lutheran Church on Burelli Street.

The Wollongong program is based on, but not accredited by, a United States “community-based” treatment approach to mental health, Clubhouse International.

Proceeds from the modelling competition will also go towards providing respite for young carers.

At Saturday’s gala, a number of prizes were awarded including the Mercury Readers’ Choice Award, given to Bree Millar.

Photo Gallery – Photos by Josh Brightman, Balanced Image Studio.
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Who will be Illawarra’s Top Model 2016

Don’t miss the Illawarra’s Glamour Events of the Year

Illawarra’s Top Model Finals and Runway Fashion Show
Novotel Northbeach
October 8
Highlights Ball and Grand Final Awards – Runway
Fashion Spectacular -University of Wollongong
Great Hall – October 22

Illawarra’s Top Model 2016 Campaign raises awareness and funds for mental health services in the llawarra.

Our fabulous entrants in Illawarra’s Top Model have the opportunity to win these amazing prizes:

  • International Modelling Contract with CORE Management EU (all Expenses paid)
  • Inaugural Michael Heald Personal Development Scholarship Award $3000 Sponsored by South Coast Private
  • ITM Top Fundraiser Award
  • Mercury Readers’ Choice Award


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An Invitation to Illawarra’s Top Model Information Evening

Illawarra's Top Model Presented by Highlights on Mental Health

Join us as for a special information forum on 3 August, where we celebrate our progress with #ITM-2016, launch our latest sponsor and offer you another opportunity to register.

Come along to our next Information Forum to gain a full understanding of Illawarra’s Top Model and this significant community engaging campaign which supports Mental Health in the Illawarra.

Wednesday 3rd August
6:30pm to 8:00pm
28 Stewart Str, Wollongong

Get the heads up on #ITM-2016

Come and gain a better understanding of Illawarra’s Top Model – see whether you would like to register your interest and become part of all the exciting ITM Events. Bring along your parent or guardian, especially if you are under 16 and would like to enter our new category.

Learn about the great prizes and the many benefits that will provide a socially rich and positive ‘life’ experience moving forward. Share in an experience that will build confidence for any career path.

Volunteers will be available on the night to assist you with your registration and will answer any questions you may have.

Our speakers

The evening will be filled with guest talks. Some of our finalists from last year will share their experiences and chat about fundraising ideas. Our Platinum sponsor, South Coast Private will outline the new Personal Progress Award & Scholarship valued at $3000.

Guest Speakers Dan Hunt, our community Ambassador, and Lisa Burling a local PR sensation who has won several awards, will share their inspiration with you on the night.

Meet the 2015 finalists and winners

Talk to last year’s winners and their parents. Learn about their experiences and ask them any questions you may have.

We look forward to sharing this informal information-celebration evening with you.



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