For the last year, 2015 MES leaver Raphaella Gordon-Saker has been President of the Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show, one of Glasgow's most successful student run events which raises funds for local Glasgow charities. This year the charity chosen was Simon Community Scotland which focuses on supporting people in and around Glasgow with homelessness and those at risk of losing their home.
Raphaella joined the GUCFS in 2015 at the start of her university career and progressed onto the commitee before becoming President in March 2018. Raphaella says "We have honourd to have been able to support and work closely with a charity with such an insipring ethos and mission; that everyone deserves a safe place to live".
The fifth anniversary of the Show prompted the organising committee to push the creative and innovative boundaries. Held at SWG3, the event welcomed over 1,000 guests and, harnessing the creative spirit of Scotland, showcased up and coming designers and the work of the GUCFS committee throughout the year. There was an enormous amount of ancillary fundraising through sponsored events such as half marathons, abseiling, skydiving and an overnight occupation of the University of Glasgow cloisters in January!
Fellow MES alumna and 2016 leaver Lucy Kirkup was also involved, both as one of the fabulous models and as a fundraiser, taking part in a challenge to climb five of the world's tallest buildings in five days on a step machine at the University's gym.
An incredible £34,000 was raised for the charity this year. The members selected the projects this would benefit and these included three of the charity's services: Street Reads which aims to provide books and educational opportunities to homeless people, Nightstop which provides young people between 16 and 25 with free emergency accommodation in vetted and trained households across Glasgow and Street Lifestyles which is dedicated to sekeing out people who appear homeless and connecting them with appropriate services.
Raphaella says "this total would not have been possible without the backing of the wider GUCFS community; those who supported our fundraisers and attended our events, or simply just follow our social media platforms. We would like to thank those who helped us along the way, including many alumni and parents of ESMS."