Following a successful fundraising and awareness event in Bulawayo last year, Fashion Designers Expo Zimbabwe (FDE) will host a dance battle to provide cancer awareness at Sam Levy’s Village.
To be held on 11 February, the dance off which features top acts from around Harare, will be the main attraction at the “Village of Hope”, an event that will see shops at Sam Levy decorating around cancer awareness.
“We have invited all outlets to participate in either decorating their shops with our Fashion Fight Cancer theme, or to do a pop up shop,” said FDE event manager, Raquel Fouche.
“We have secured jumping Castles and more entertainment sponsored by Uncle Bears and a fun photo booth sponsored by the Photobooth Collective, but our main “Village of Hope” attraction will be the Dance Fights Cancer competition.”
Dance Avenue will judge the competition, with first three spots poised to get prizes yet to be announced.
Confirmed participants include dancers from M and M Studios, H.O.T. and Debbie Flemming Dance, among others. “Village of Hope” will run free of charge from 12-4pm.
Running concurrent to the event is the Fashion Café at Sam Levy’s News Café starting at 7pm. The event aims to fundraise a targeted $3,000 towards the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe.
“Our red carpet main event will fall under the Fashion Café branding run by Karin Davidson. We will have six designers showcasing. These include Sean Schoultz (winner of Designer of the evening FDE Zimbabwe 2016), Chenna Nenni, and Amy Peters, among others,” said Fouche.
Top Model Zimbabwe will provide models, while entertainment will come from various DJs on a rotational basis.
“It’s going to be an evening of glitz and glamour to raise money for a very worthy cause, as well as pay a special tribute to the loved ones that we have lost to cancer,” said Fouche.
The three organisers of the event Fouche, Karin Davidson of Top Model Zimbabwe and Aisha De Beer, CEO and founder of both Aiish Boutique and FDE have lost their loved ones to cancer.
“We will be inviting a few courageous people that beat it, to come on stage to spread awareness and show us that there is hope to combat this dreadful disease,” said Fouche.