Charity | Posted 13.03.2015

Fashion Show raises £1,000 for Chirwirangwe

A fashion show organised by Messalina Morley (Rhetoric) has raised £1,000 for children in Zimbabwe. Messalina and her team of 70 students provided all the modelling, hosting, lighting, compering and backstage support at the event, which was attended by a large audience in the Academy Room on Saturday March 7th.  Clothes on the catwalk included upcycled donations from charity shops, showing the students’ creativity as well as their organisational skills in staging the event. Special guest Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool opened the evening with a speech, in which he praised the students’ initiative to help African children in poverty, before presenting Messalina with a Citizenship Award from Liverpool John Moores University.

All of the money raised will help to support ‘Chirwirangwe’, Stonyhurst’s partnership with a school in Zimbabwe, and will fund scholarships for secondary education. Messalina said: “Planning such a large event was a huge learning curve for myself and for the others around me. I know that the night itself would not have been as successful or as entertaining for the audience if it were not for all of the people involved in helping to make the fashion show a reality and for that I will be eternally grateful. I chose to support Chirwirangwe because education can change people’s lives, and make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of fulfillment”.

Messalina staged the fashion show as part of her International Baccalaureate course,  for the Creative, Action and Service (or CAS) component.  The IB requires students to develop initiative, perseverance and problem solving by completing a range of extra-curricular activities.

Messalina has won a scholarship to attend the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.