RGS and local stores team-up on catwalk to help Streetwise
The Royal Grammar School has raised £3,040 for charity at its annual charity fashion show, which took place on November 14th. All proceeds made are being donated to Streetwise, which offers support, advice and counselling to young people.
Dua Hashmi, a student who helped organise the event said: “We chose [Streetwise] because a lot of our students have actually used it. We thought it would be really appropriate for us to support the charity.”
Streetwise was the charity organisation chosen from a group of three. Alyson Scott, chief executive officer of Streetwise, spoke during the show about what it does and told three stories of young people who have been helped by it.
A total of 11 different stores, many of which are located in Jesmond, presented their clothing and accessories at the show. The stores included were Leaf, Sara McLeod, Edo, Salisa, Native, Palmer, Designer, Canterbury, Deep, Blush and Fenwick.
The fashion show was created and run by students with the help of a few teachers. Twenty-four students modelled clothing while others performed musical acts. Games and raffles were also included with more chances to donate. After the first store showed its clothing, each row of the audience had an envelope to fill with money. By this method alone, £390 was raised for the charity. Along with the show, Salisa and Sara McLeod had created “pop up stores” and student work was displayed in another room, including the designs of Anna Wyatt, who created her first dress with projections of wine and latex stains reverberating from it.
Overall, the night was deemed a success by the school, with the theatre sold out and more money made than previous fashion shows held at the RGS.