Stonyhurst Fashion Show to benefit children in Ghana
There will be a fashion show at Stonyhurst College on Saturday 25 February at 7.30pm in aid of ‘Smile Ghana’, a charity which supports the education of children in Ghana. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children (under 18) and include a complimentary glass of bucks fizz. The show will be an opportunity to view some of this year’s spring/summer collection supplied by local retailers, including some from Manchester, and everything will be modelled by Stonyhurst pupils in the beautifully restored Academy Room.
The show was the bright idea of two Stonyhurst sixth formers - Kate Erskine and Anastasia Andrew, who are busily planning what promises to be a wonderful evening. “We wanted to do something to support ‘Smile Ghana’ because it is trying to give children something we in the west take for granted” said Kate. “Education has the power to change, and even save lives” said Anastasia; “our Religious Studies teacher, Miss Greenwood set up the charity after visiting the country several times and has given us a powerful insight into its work.”
There are currently 48 children on the ‘Smile Ghana’ programme, which pays £150 a year to provide each child with a basic education, and practical skills connected with cooking, textiles and agriculture. Miss Greenwood said: “I named the charity ‘Smile Ghana’ because a smile is the same in every language and breaks down all barriers. Also, a smile is so widely used in third world countries, where they have nothing and yet somehow seem to have everything - an inner peace. I am delighted with Kate and Anna’s hard work and support which will benefit whole communities in Ghana as well as the lives of individuals.”
Tickets can be obtained by telephoning the Stonyhurst Reception on 01254 826345.
Photograph: Anastasia (left) and Kate (right)