Edinburgh students walk the runway for water in charity fashion show

Impressive efforts by some of our amazing supporters were made as students took to the catwalk on 15 March for the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show


25 Mar 2014

Now in its tenth year, Europe's most successful student-run charity fashion show raised over £24,000 from cash donations, raffle sales, programme sales, Belu water sales, auctions and ticket sales; for WaterAid, by showcasing a range of stylish designs to a packed audience supporting the theme of 'This is Edinburgh'.

The show was sold out to more than 650 guests, who were entertained with a range of esteemed designers including French Connection, Joseph, Walker Slater and 21st Century Kilts; as well as featuring some up-and-coming local student talent.

Every year the show is organised by a committee of students from multiple universities across Edinburgh as well as aspiring catwalk models selected from students across the city. In the show's ten-year history, students have raised over a quarter of a million pounds for charities that have also included Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Poppy Scotland and Marie Curie.

There were many items at the guests' disposal to ensure they were aware of the cause their donations were going to, these items included WaterAid goody bags, WaterAid information leaflets on every chair, donation boxes on tables, WaterAid sashes on the ushers and WaterAid wellies on the raffle-draw models.

Ed Jones, one of the organisers said:

It’s easy for us to take clean water and toilets for granted, but for hundreds of millions across the world, these basic necessities are out of reach. As a result, 2,000 children die needlessly every day. WaterAid is an incredible charity working throughout Africa, Asia and parts of Central America and the Pacific to address this injustice, working tirelessly to improve access to clean, safe water and improved sanitation. We are incredibly proud to be supporting them.

Katie Hillit from WaterAid said: "We are delighted to be the chosen charity for this year's Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show. There were impressive efforts by some of our amazing supporters. It can cost just £15 to ensure one person a lasting access to clean, safe water and improved hygiene and sanitation, and so a small amount can made a real difference. The money raised through the event will help transform more than 1,600 lives."

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