Strutting for a cause

By Julia Kirk

Fundraising and awareness combined forces at Circle K’s International Fashion Show in the Bart Luedeke Center on March 2.

The fashion show was organized as a way to raise awareness for the Eliminate Project, which joins forces with other organizations such as UNICEF in the hopes of eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.

“The most important part is raising awareness,” said junior psychology major Navita Persaud, who helped coordinate the event. “A lot of people don’t know what it’s like for people that can’t get the shot. A baby dies every nine minutes without a tetanus shot.”
Several of Rider’s clubs, such as Rider Serves, the Entrepreneurial club, the Japanese Pop Culture Society, the French club, the senior class council and more, came out to support Circle K, and even participated in the show. Students from nearby schools like Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, Stockton College and Rowan University walked the runway as well. All of the models walking were required to provide their own unique attire for the show.

The show also had an “Express Yourself” portion, where each model went on stage wearing a costume that they believed accurately expressed themselves, and a panel of judges evaluated them. A T-shirt contest followed shortly afterward, which was won by the French club. Each of the winners received a $15 gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts.
Performances were also featured during the show by Tashan’s Bollywood dancers and the band Shadowplay.

The club raised $250 for the cause. Because of this success, the members of Circle K are going to continue to raise money in the future.

“When we first started raising money for neonatal tetanus two years ago, 40 countries needed our help,” said newly elected president, junior secondary education major Stephanie Morales. “Since then, we’ve brought it down to 36 countries.”

“It was an amazing and life-changing experience to know I’m helping out,” said freshman Circle K member Amanda Rodriguez, who modeled in the show. “It was also a lot of fun.”
Roughly 60,000 newborn children are killed by neonatal tetanus every year, and Eliminate Project’s main goal is to raise $110 million with the help of UNICEF and other Circle K clubs.

“We’ll be having another fashion show next semester,” Morales said. “We’re going to do whatever we can to spread the word.”

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