AMASIKO Charity Fashion Show takes place this Wednesday 13th March. Image supplied.
Fashion with a heart and a conscience is something we can all get behind and this Wednesday 13th March we can by supporting AMASIKO Charity Fashion Show. It has been created by Auckland makeup artist Daniela (Dee) Louise Hunt as a fundraiser for the Growth Educational Trust which supports underprivileged rural Ugandan children to continue onto secondary school.
Daniela was inspired to create the event in honour of her adoptive mother Pauline Hunt, who passed away from cancer two years ago. She wanted to honour her mother’s legacy and the overwhelming love Pauline had for her adopted daughter – who is the product of a generation of children who were given a second chance. Daniela sees this a way to complete this circle and give back to the world.
Daniela’s mother worked in Sudan, Africa as a nurse/midwife with Save the Children. It was there that she met Daniela’s father John Hunt (from Britain), who worked as a manager for a United Nations refugee programme. They adopted Daniela from her native Chile when she was five months old. “Growing up, my mother planted a seed into my heart – the value of helping others in need, especially in developing countries,” says Daniela.
She has partnered with Hamish Coltman, Founder of Growth Educational Trust (G.E.T.), a New Zealand based registered charity to be their first volunteer. G.E.T provide scholarships for under privileged rural Ugandan children to go to secondary school to further their education. G.E.T focuses on providing a bridge between primary and secondary level education. Their focus is to provide rural students access to the same opportunities as urban children by enhancing their level of education.
Daniela is traveling to Kabale in the Lake Bunyonyi District, Uganda on March 17th for a month. “With the help of the G.E.T. team and local community, I will build a playground. I will immerse myself in the culture and local community and see first-hand the needs of the young people in this rural district,” adds Daniela. “I am also looking to provide ongoing support to keep the programs running.”
While Daniela is covering all her personal costs she is aiming to raise money for two projects in Uganda via the AMASIKO Charity Fashion Show on March 13th at Cuvee Room, Ellerslie Event Centre, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera, Auckland.
Designers showing include Trelise Cooper, Judy Gao (from Project Runway NZ), Out Of Comfort and more with models exclusively from Red 11 Model and Talent Agency. The event will be hosted by singer, actress and television personality Megan Alatini. Through her work in the fashion industry Daniela has put together her own dream team including celebrity stylist Sammy Salsa, prominent florist Ratahi Tomuri of Tomuri & Co. Flowers, event stylist Ness of OMGness Styling, award winning photographer Qiane Matata-Sipu, world-renowned choreographer Nathan Kara and makeup and hair superstars Liana Fonua and Marietalini Ropeti- Iupeli all of whom have generously contributed their time and and resources to create the show with Daniela.
Tickets are available now via Eventbrite.
Fundraiser goals include:
Project 1: Fully funding the costs of two children to attend Secondary School for 6
years. Costs include: School Fees, Stationery, Uniform, Boarding school costs, Food and Transport. $12,000 NZD per year/ per child.
Project 2: Building a playground for Growth Educational Trust’s first partner school – Little Angels Uganda, for 400 children.
Donations would be most welcome and can be made directly to:
Growth Educational Trust website:
Reference: AMASIKO and your name.