Since being founded in 2014, Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show (GUCFS) have raised over £50,000 for various charities. With last year’s efforts contributing almost half of this sum, giving £22,224.02 to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. This year they hope to repeat this effort with proceeds going to Simon Community Scotland – a Glasgow based charity who work to combat the causes and effects of homelessness across Scotland. A new way in which they will be raising money is by introducing social memberships this year. For a modest fee of £4, members will receive a goodie bag full of discounts including Hillhead Bookclub and CycleBox and be able to attend social events put on by GUCFS throughout the year.
When asked on the benefits of social membership Press officer Sophie responded, “The benefits of social memberships is [sic] that it allows people to get involved with GUCFS without taking on as much responsibility as is required for being a BA, committee member or model! It also allows people to come along to our socials and there are various discounts available for food and drinks and fitness classes!”
Although you may have heard of GUCFS and its main event – the fashion show – which occurs annually in February, you may not be aware of the other events hosted by GUCFS throughout the year in order to raise money and awareness for their chosen charity.
So far this year, they have put a wide variety of events, including:
- Freshers’ week – Speed Mating (alongside the SRC), the Grassy Knoll DJ event, QMU Quizzes and face painting and polaroids in QMU.
- Kilt Walk – some of our Committee members took part in the Edinburgh Kilt Walk alongside representatives from Simon Community Scotland in September.
- Diversity Campaign which aims to celebrate diversity and individuals across campus and Glasgow. Their first diversity shoot was a great success and can be accessed from our Facebook page – GUST also put together a video of the shoot.
- Munro Challenge – 4 of our committee members Cameron, Eilidh, Iona, and Beth took part in a massive challenge of climbing 4 Munros in one day.
- Challenge Me October – one of our committee members, Lucy, decided to allow friends and family to set her a different challenge every day in October if they gave a donation.
- Half Marathon – Luca, a committee member, completed a half marathon to help raise funds.
- Cuff Me – our committee members, Beth and Cameron, spent a whole day handcuffed to each other, going to each other’s lectures, meetings and even doctor’s appointments.
- GUCFS Gala – on 20th October they celebrated the GUCFS’ 5th birthday with a gala held in GUU where there was a fundraising raffle to raise money for Simon Community Scotland.
- Bake Sale – they held the first of many bake sales outside the Fraser Building and it was a great success, with many more to come!
- Open Meeting – we had an open meeting for all our new members in Jim’s Bar in the QMU to get everyone together and to give people the chance to find out a bit more about us – membership is still available!
However, there is still plenty more to come on the run up to the charity fashion show and it’s not too late to get involved. As you can see from the wide variety of events GUCFS have already organised, there is something for everyone. A world away from black tie and catwalks, their Jailbreak event is not one to be missed. On Friday, 2nd November, 23 brave students are setting off at 11am to see how far away from Glasgow they can get in 36 hours. Join in the hype by following the live tracking until it ends at 11pm on Saturday, 3rd November, and come along to the Jailbreak after-party in Hive. Support these brave students by donating to the Simon Community through the GUCFS JustGiving page and track their progress in the Jailbreak challenge at https://gucfs.studentjailbreak.co.uk. For more information about the participants, give the GUCFS Jailbreak page a like! Last year, Jailbreak raised over £3000 which really helped towards their final total and they hope to raise even more this year.
Other events to look out for include:
- Theme Release – the theme for the fashion show will be released at the beginning of November, look out for updates on the GUCFS social media pages.
- Swap Shop – they will be hosting a swap shop in late November – keep a look out for more information.
- Volunteering with Simon Community Scotland – members will have the opportunity to take part in voluntary work with Simon Community Scotland, who are really keen to have GUCFS members come along and help out with some of their volunteering projects.
- 12 Days of Christmas – this initiative involves donating different items to Simon Community Scotland across the Christmas period such as sleeping bags and clothes.
So if any of these events take your fancy, give GUCFS a like on Facebook “Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show – GUCFS” or follow them on Instagram @gucfs for more information about upcoming fundraising and events!
-(Information provided) Sophie Campbell, GUCFS Internal Marketing
-Laura Hannah, Sports and Welfare Editor
-Catrin Stephen, Design Editor