From catwalk to favelas

Fashion student Alannah Campbell is hoping the Derry public will help her undertake voluntary work in Brazil.
Fashion student Alannah Campbell is hoping the Derry public will help her undertake voluntary work in Brazil.

A Derry fashion student is this summer planning to swap the catwalk for the favelas of Brazil to work with the street children of Rio.

Alannah Campbell, a former Lumen Christi and St. Eithnes Primary School pupil, hopes to undertake a four week voluntary placement working with underprivileged children in the favelas - the local term for the shanty towns found in much of the country.

The International Volunteer Headquarters programme works with children in Rio's favelas

The International Volunteer Headquarters programme works with children in Rio's favelas

The 20 year-old, who is in her final year of a degree in Fashion and Textile Retailing at Manchester University, has been accepted for the Brazilian programme by the International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) – an organisation which has placed 15,403 volunteers abroad since 2007.

Now she is hoping the Derry public will help her raise the funds to cover the cost of her trip.

“Having been very busy in recent months with coursework assignments and exams for my degree, I have not had as much time as I would have liked to raise the money required for my travel costs and program fee,” she told the ‘Journal’.

“I have been fundraising online and have raised almost £800 so far thanks to some of my own savings and the generosity of my friends and relatives. However, a further £1000 is required if I am to be able to seize this amazing opportunity. With only a few weeks until my deadline for payment left I am desperately urging the community to get involved in offering their support for this great cause. Any and all donations to my fundraising page will be greatly appreciated,” she says.

The IVHQ programme would see Alannah working to “provide children with the care and attention needed to develop their social skills, to encourage them to develop an enthusiasm for higher education, and to teach vital skills to be competitive in a rapidly developing economy.”

Alannah is no stranger to volunteer work having previously taught French at an after school club in the Longtower Primary School and worked at ‘First Act’ children’s drama group based in the Waterside Theatre.

More online at www.gofundme.com/get-alannah-to-brazil