TWO Huddersfield University students organised a vintage fashion show for charity.
Kate Mikolajczak and Zara Ahmad are two ambassadors for the Lymphoma Association and so they staged the glitz and glamour evening at the university’s students’ union.
Kate and Zara, who are both studying PR, signed up with the Lymphoma Association and took on promoting the charity for their final year practical project, helping raise awareness about lymphoma.
Local boutiques and vintage clothing stores were invited to display their ranges and more than 100 people attended the event.
People could buy clothes, jewellery and accessories while learning about the disease.
Kate said: “We wanted to raise awareness of lymphoma and its common warning signs and symptoms as well as funds to help support those affected by this cancer.
“We initially brainstormed various ideas, but a fashion show appealed to us.’’
Zara added: “We wanted to aim it at young people and we thought most people would be into fashion shows. We thought it was something different because you don’t get fashion shows that often – especially for free.”
Lymphoma is the most common cancer in the under 30s and the fifth most common cancer overall in the UK. The Lymphoma Association offers free information and support for patients and their families but it relies almost entirely on voluntary donations.
More than 75,000 people in the UK live with lymphoma, which is the most common blood cancer.
Lymphoma – the umbrella term used to describe more than 50 related cancers of the lymphatic system – can occur in both men and women at any age, but it is most common in people aged 15 to 35 or over 55.
Zara added: “We have never done event management before. It wasn’t as hard as we thought but it’s about being really organised. Kate and I have good communications skills so I think that’s what also helped the project be a lot smoother and easier and even the clients gave us ideas and helped us along.
“It’s better when you work as a pair because you bounce of each other and we were drawn to this not only just as our practical project but because it was for a good cause.”
Kate and Zara, who will graduate in July this year, look forward to going into PR or events management in the future.