The TG Foundation Fashion Gala Dinner has raised £6,700 for Children affected by rape and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The event held in London at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, was hosted by BBC3 presenter Stacey Dooley who visited Congo in 2010 for her moving and insightful documentary “Kids with Guns” exploring issues affecting child soldiers in the DRC. Stacey also met and interviewed victims of rape.
A fashion show featuring a collection by London College of Fashion Graduate Kate Williams opened the event, with Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Contestants Juste Juozapaityte and Jessica Abidde modelling in the show.
Performing alongside the fashion show was Pop Singer POLA. This was followed by a performance by contemporary dancer Anna Kirakowska called “Perspective” exploring the emotions women go through following sexual assault.
Also attending the event was Apprentice Contestant and Television Presenter, Raef Bjayou.
The CEO of the TG Foundation, Tatiana Giraud, talked about the ongoing sexual violence against women, children and men in the DRC, especially in the north-east of the country and the work that the charity is involved in with its partner organisation Centre Kitumaini.
Since the beginning of the year, the TG Foundation has helped fund medical projects, socio-economic projects, housing projects and education projects for victims of rape and has recently paid the school fees of 50 primary school children affected by rape.
The charity auction included lots donated by Alice Temperley, Dame Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, DKNY, Franco’s, Bryan Adams, Solange Azagury Partridge, Dustin Hoffman, Nicky Clarke, House of Dereon, Jaeger, Jimmy Choo, Patrizia Pepe, Stella McCartney and Moncler.
The £6,700 raised will provide a further 70 primary school children affected by rape and conflict in DRC a chance of going to school. It costs £8.00 a month to sponsor one primary school child to go to school or £96.00 a year.
For further information and to support The TG Foundation, please log on to http://www.tatianagiraudfoundation.org/