by Elisabeth T., Concordia Applied Journalism
photos by Mr Lavender
The forces of fashion and music have merged their energy in an epic gala evening in support of the Dressember campaign.
The event, held at Concordia on Jan 12th, was envisioned with the goal of spreading awareness about human trafficking. Two accomplished musicians, Justin K. and Henry G. played solo and duet pieces on cello and piano. A fund-raising raffle followed along with a silent auction of Hollywood and sports memorabilia.
The fashion show included two parts. In the first half, student attire drew attention to the serious plight of those in modern-day slave conditions. This was a striking symbol for the audience to realize how real slavery and human trafficking is.
Finally, Mrs. Furth’s daughter and son walked down the runway as a moving representation of how 40% of all humans trafficked are children. By putting community faces on this ongoing problem, one realizes how real the issue is
On a happier note, the big finale saw students, teachers and parents walked down the runway in dresses and ties to support the cause of Dressember. Each model held an important word - words for everyone to contemplate. Some words were love, respect, purpose and peace.
In her closing remarks, Mrs Muir thanked attendees for supporting the idea that the dress can be an outward symbol of freedom that represents a new way of thinking - a way to stand for the dignity of all people.
I hope you learned some things about modern slavery and my deepest hope is that you will feel a stirring to join or continue in the fight against this.
-Local Dressember Coordinator Jen Muir