Project Sunshine hosts multi-cultural fashion show for charity

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Project Sunshine hosted their first annual multi-cultural fashion show on April 15 in the Student Union Ballroom.

Fifty-five models from 38 different countries walked the runway to raise money for hospitalized children. QC students came together to represent their cultures through style and entertainment.

Students took turns representing their countries, wearing traditional garb from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt and more.

QC Fanaa and the QC Step Team performed in between catwalks. Project Sunshine also welcomed The Wanted Ashiqz, winners of “So You Think You Can Dance” for Best Dance Crew.

The QC chapter of Project Sunshine was founded in 2013 and has created innovative events ever since.

“Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families as described on their Facebook page,” Aadil Ilyas, president of Project Sunshine, said.

Project Sunshine continues to have events to raise money for children in need and their fashion show was another innovative way of doing it.

“Being a part of Project Sunshine at Queens College has been a very rewarding experience for me,” Rezwana Khan, model and active member, said.

Khan, who represented Bangladesh, said she was nervous, yet became confident after hearing cheers from the crowd. She also said how amazing the event was for the children.

“To be able to make children in a hospital smile and to bring them happiness, for them to forget about their problems and pain is truly worth the cause. This was our first fashion show and it was an amazing turn out,” Khan said.

Project Sunshine empowers dedicated corps of more than 10,000 volunteers to bring programming to over 60,000 children facing medical challenges and their families. The services they provide include recreational like arts, educational like tutoring and mentoring and social service like HIV and nutritional counseling to 175 major cities across the U.S. and in five international satellite sites like Canada, China, Israel, Kenya and Puerto Rico.

“I think it was one of the most successful events at Queens College,” Saira Chaudhry, senior, said.

I’ve been to a lot in the past years, including fashion shows, and this was one of the better ones. Plus the turnout was great which has completely lacked in other such events. It was fun, entertaining, catered to a college audience in every way, culturally relevant, colorful, had a friendly environment and well put together,”

Yarah Shabana

Yarah is a junior majoring in Media Studies with minors journalism, psychology, and business. In her free time, she reads, sings, and tweets as much about feminism as she can. She's also passionate about different cultures and faiths of the world and loves the bits and pieces of languages she's exposed to. She works for the Three Faiths Forum giving speeches to high school students about how accepting they should be towards people with different beliefs than theirs. Email her at yarah[at]

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