Thursday 28 November 2013
Sunderland first-team players helped raise thousands of pounds for the club's Foundation of Light charity as they strutted their stuff this week at the sixth running of the Fashion Strikes show.
Head coach Gus Poyet and the entire first team squad attended the event at a packed suite at the Stadium of Light, with players such as Fashion Strikes veteran Adam Johnson getting up on the catwalk.
"The Foundation of Light is such a fantastic charity and does so much great work across the region," Johnson told the club's website. "It's something every Sunderland fan should be proud of."
The show included a catwalk involving players and professional models while there was also an opportunity for youngsters to shine in a special children's fashion show, which featured young people that have taken part in the Foundation of Light's schemes.
"Money from events like this changes lives"
As well as the fashion highlight, there was an auction with prizes such as a five-star trip to Dubai and a chance to cook with Marco Pierre White on offer, a high-end car display, live entertainment and market zone, with early figures suggesting that more than £40,000 was raised.
"Fashion Strikes is one of the Foundation of Light's most popular fundraising events and, with the support of the club, players and sponsors, this year has been our biggest and best yet," said Foundation of Light chief executive Lesley Spuhler.
"A huge thank you to everyone involved in making this event possible, the proceeds from which will have a real impact on local communities."
All proceeds from the event, which was supported by fashion partner intuMetrocentre, watch partner Holler Watches, dining partner 3663 and associate sponsors Porsche Newcastle and Dunelm Glass, will go to the Foundation of Light, which was founded in 2001 and helps 42,000 young people and families across the North East every year.
"Money from events like this changes lives," added Foundation of Light strategic development director Ken Teears. "This is our showpiece event, it's six years now and it is standing the test of time.
"The quality of the partners we have got on board, MetroCentre, Porsche, 3663, Holler watches, are being associated because of the players and all of the people in the room shows just how important it is to the community and also to the Foundation."
The Foundation delivers a wide range of activities and programmes which help to improve lives of local people, to find out more, click here.