Costumes, candy create cash for charity

Unicef Western’s Halloween fashion show Spreads the Net

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Unicef and costumes

Unicef Western is using Halloween fashion to combat malaria and win the approval of Rick Mercer.

As part of the Spread the Net campaign, which raises funds to purchase mosquito bed nets for third world countries, Unicef Western planned a fundraising Halloween fashion show. The show was held on Wednesday, Oct. 31 in The Spoke.

From Lego blocks and Where’s Waldo to the Queen of Hearts and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the show featured a variety of creative costumes. Classic costumes were represented as well, with models dressed as bunnies and butterflies also gracing the runway.

As each model walked the runway, Unicef Western members read out statistics about the third-world countries for which they were raising funds. They also discussed the positive impact the nets have on peoples’ lives.

Loud, electronic, runway-style music blasted from the speakers as the models flaunted their costumes. The setting was colourful, with bright Halloween decorations complementing the funky styles onstage.

A screen with slides projected onto it was part of the stage’s backdrop, allowing attendees to read more about the cause as they watched the show.

The goal of the show was to raise between $1,500 and $2,000 for bed nets. Unicef Western also sold candy at The Barking Frog on Wednesday night.

The fundraising campaign had a secondary goal. Part of Save the Net is a spirit of competition between the various participating universities. The university that raises the most funds for the campaign will win a visit from Rick Mercer, host of The Mercer Report.

Anna Jung, event and operations director of Unicef Western, feels Western stands a good chance at winning the competition. She was pleased with how the fashion show turned out.

“It was a really good turnout,” she said. “We had a lot of enthused volunteers ... a lot of good helping hands today. It was a big event and we had a lot of success.”

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