Recycled fashion show will benefit 'scavenger' tribe in SE India

Published: 20 October 2010 at 09:47

Charity has completed over 30 projects benefiting 1500 people since 2004

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Anglia Ruskin University will play host to a Recycled Fashion Show featuring new designs from recycled clothing made by second-year BA Fashion Design students.

A part of University of Cambridge: Festival of Ideas, the recycled fashion show and auction will be held on 28 October at 7.00pm, at The Academy, Helmore Building, Anglia Ruskin campus, East Road.

The clothing will be auctioned for the charity Village Outreach Society, which was set up by alumna, Audrie Reed, who graduated from Anglia Ruskin with a degree in Social Policy in 2006. Village Outreach Society is a Cambridge-based charity supporting the Narikurava Tribe in South East India who survive by recycling materials from the city dump in Pondicherry www.villageoutreach.com

The aim of the fundraiser is to provide a vaccine and health programme for this indigenous tribe who are without access to drinking water or sanitation facilities.

An exhibition will be part of the event which will include the work of Grace Robinson: displaying tea-bag designs; Deanna Tyson Conceptual Textiles, displaying a map of the world made from recycled rubbish; QHere: displaying and selling banner bags made from recycled advertising; Histon Guides: displaying a plastic bag crochet dress; Park Arts Group:  displaying carnival costumes from recycled materials; and Classworks Theatrical : displaying costumes made from recycled materials.

Dedicated to fundraising for the Village Outreach programme, Audrie Reed explains:

"Since the Tsunami struck the east coast, my colleague and I have completed over 30 projects, benefitting over 1,500 people and have spent a total of £22,374. Some of our projects include a water filtration tank at a school we sponsor near Cuddalore, and EcoSan toilets for another of our schools just north of Pondicherry."

"This event is particularly important to us and we are optimistic that we will be able to raise substantial funds to set up a health and vaccine programme."

Over 50 items have been donated for raffle and auction on the evening with a value of over £1,000.  The event has been sponsored by Donarbon Waste & Recycling and Cooleraid.

Tickets are £3 and available from the Student Union Office at Anglia Ruskin University or via the festival booking line on 0845 196 2776.