A Greenwich, Connecticut school is running a fashion show for a cause. According to Greenwich Time, Stanwich School’s students and teachers will participate in the Fashion for Change show, in order to raise funds for a Rwandan community in need. The school also ran a fashion show last year, raising $2,269.
The fashion show is part of Project Blessing, whose purpose is to bring a school and water to the Cybatanzit, Rwanda community, according to The Stanwich Post. Project Blessing is a nonprofit.
Fashion for Change will happen on Jan. 20. The Loft Salon and Spa will provide hairstyling and makeup artistry for the show. The runway will feature clothing from Jolie Gotique, Stella M’Lai, Winged Monkey, and Vineyard Vines. Patrons will have the opportunity to buy the fashions they see after the show, and the companies will donate part of the profits to Project Blessing.
The project has already put $98,000 into building the Blessing School. The families of Stanwich School students have donated at least $23,000, and last year there was $29,905.27 in fundraising, according to Greenwich Time. Stanwich School aims to take in $5,000 with this year’s fashion show, and they need $65,000 to complete the building. The school wants to raise enough to add three classrooms
Shaun Fletcher, a Stanwich science teacher, began Project Blessing after taking a trip to Rwanda. He was inspired to make the trip when a Rwandan genocide survivor came to Stanwich to speak. In Rwanda, the Cybatanzit community’s generosity and desire to educate their children impressed Fletcher, who now travels back to Rwanda annually to work on the school. He makes the trip with students, who help build and assist with medical exams, according to Greenwich Time. Several students have said that they might be interested in pursuing related work.
Anyone interested in attending the Fashion For Change show can buy tickets online at the show’s site.