LISOF's first year students raise R50 000 at celebrity auction
|Issued by: LISOF|
[Johannesburg, 7 January 2009] -
On 25 November 2009, those attending LISOF's 16th annual student fashion show witnessed the creative efforts of LISOF's first year fashion design students being put to good use to benefit the Children's disAbilty Centre situated in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
The Keedo Cares Ragdoll project - launched at the LISOF show on the same night - will not only assist the Children's disAbility Centre, but also Equip Skills – an organisation that offers women in the Diepsloot area a safe place to learn and practice craft skills with one of their projects focusing on the manufacturing of ragdolls that are sold in Keedo stores countrywide. A number of high-profile celebrities from the world of fashion participated as celebrity auctioneers in the auction event and helped to raise R50 000 from the "adoption" of the ragdolls.
The main beneficiary of the LISOF students' collective efforts are the children and families of the Children's disAbility Centre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. This centre caters for the needs of visually impaired and autistic learners from birth to 18 years old. Professor Lorna Jacklin at the Department of Paediatrics at the University of the Witwatersrand says: "When I refer families to the Unit for Visually Impaired & Autistic Children at the Johannesburg hospital they are usually in despair. When I see them for a follow up a few months later, they have renewed sparkle. They can only speak with gratitude for the support and hope they have been given at the CDC school".