Fashion Show For Syria

A STUDENT at The City of Liverpool College is hoping to raise money and awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis in a charity fashion show.Rachael Statham, 26, is hosting the fashion show and clothes fair in aid of those affected by the crisis in Syria at the Threshold Festival.Civil war in Syria has left millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, with many forced into poverty and homelessness.Rachael, who is studying Events Management at The City of Liverpool College, has worked alongside various departments within the college to source donations and prepare for the event.Major and independent clothes shops in Liverpool including Resurrection, Pop Boutique, Chio Couture and Soho have also shown their generosity and donated clothes.The ‘Fashion To Compassion’ event will take place on Sunday 2nd April at Threshold Festival’s ‘Community Day’ at District in the Baltic Triangle between 12pm and 6:30pm.All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF and Syria Relief.The free-to-attend event will include a vintage clothes fair, fashion show, a silent charity auction and feature live music.Rachael said: “Syria Relief is based on the ground in the country and do very important work to help those affected by the violence there.“I’ve felt quite helpless by what’s happening, people have lost their lives, houses, schools and colleges have been destroyed and a quarter of the people there have been killed or are missing.“Here we feel quite safe but I also feel guilty, so we are hoping our efforts will make a difference to the Syrian people.”Elaine Bowker, principal of The City of Liverpool College, said: “We are incredibly proud of our students for the commitment and creativity they demonstrate. These skills are vital for employability.“The college has welcomed students from all over the world, including Syria and Iraq, to study and they have been able to further their education and rebuild their lives.“Rachael has shown compassion and leadership in organising this event and the college is very proud of her, our colleagues and those who have donated to support her event.”