Charity fashion show for special needs children

DUBAI — Stylish outfits will be given a second chance to shine at ‘Couture for a Cause’, the Dubai Centre for Special Needs (DCSN) charity fashion show scheduled for the end of next month to raise funds for the centre.

By Praseeda Nair

  • Follow us on
  • google-news
  • whatsapp
  • telegram

Published: Thu 27 Jan 2011, 9:48 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:47 AM

With a strong vision for the centre, event coordinator Sami Wilkie set to work on the upcoming fashion show well in advance. “The show would not be possible without our fantastic helpers and models, since most of the manpower we have is volunteer-based,” she said.

Jaleh Samoudi, mother of a five-year-old diagnosed with spastic diplegia, heard about the ‘Couture for a Cause’ fundraiser through a friend who has been volunteering with the centre for years. “It’s no secret that there aren’t any proper schools for children with special needs in the UAE, so every parent of children with disabilities realises how much help these organisations provide,” the stay-at-home mom told Khaleej Times.

After dropping four dress sizes in the past year, Jaleh had her entire wardrobe packed away for donating to the ‘right’ cause. “I gained a lot of weight right after my daughter was born and since overeating was the way I used to cope with stress and worry, the situation only got worse. After I got back in control, I realised that I had an entire wardrobe of high-end clothes I will never be able to wear again,” she said. “I hope others can benefit from my donations, and the centre can raise enough money to continue the work they’ve been doing.”

The charity fashion show will display a wide range of hand-me-downs including suits, dresses, casual wear, shoes and scarves, with prices starting at just a few dirhams.

Proceeds from the fashion show will support the work of the Dubai Centre for Special Needs by providing specialised education, therapy and vocational training to young people with special needs. Donated items sold at the centre’s Charity Shop in Karama will support student sponsorships at DCSN.

‘Couture for a Cause’ will also feature an art auction where patrons can purchase the artwork produced by the centre’s students, as well as a buffet dinner at the Pullman Hotel on February 25 from 7.30pm. “We hope all our guests will join in with the spirit of the evening. They can donate interesting outfits or snap up a bargain.

Everything is for sale and it is all for a good cause,” Sami Wilkie added.

More news from