Retail students' charity sale success

25 March 2010

Student Paul McGinty hands over cheque to Johari Foundation director David Sibbald

Student Paul McGinty hands over cheque to Johari Foundation director David Sibbald

RETAILING students from GCU have raised hundreds of pounds to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Around 25 students sold a range of necklaces, dresses and jewellery, from two stalls in the Saltire Centre, in the run up to Christmas, in aid of the Johari Foundation.

The charity aims to eliminate long term poverty in Kenya through a series of social enterprise and development programmes.

It helped established Johari, a fashion label which combines the best of Kenyan and UK design, and produces unique clothes and jewellery. The GCU students stocked some of the items as part of 12-week retailing assignment and handed over a cheque for more than £400 to the Foundation.

Paul McGinty, a third year Retailing student, said: “There was a great reaction from the students in the Saltire Centre.

“Everyone worked really hard and we had a lot of people coming up and asking questions about the Johari Foundation and its work.”

David Sibbald, a GCU alumus and honorary graduate, is the founder and director of the Johari Foundation.

He said: “It was a tremendous effort from all the students involved and we are very grateful.

“As well as donating their profits, they have helped raise awareness and they deserve great credit.”