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News / February 13, 2008

Dental students

by Guy Hiscott

BBC Radio 1’s Dr Mark Hamilton and Belfast’s Big Brother contestant Orlaith McAllister will be ‘glamming it up’ to host the Queen’s University dentistry and medical students annual SWOT (Students Working Overseas Trust) fashion show on Monday 25 February.

Organised by the fourth-year dentistry and medical society, the fashion show is the stylish pinnacle in their year-long campaign to raise money for vital third world medical equipment.

With tickets more desirable than a Prada bag or pair of Christian Louboutin’s red heels, the event offers Belfast fashionistas the chance to experience catwalk glamour for a Primark price of only £20, which of course includes the must have goodie bag.

The show will feature a range of clothes from Oasis, Monsoon, New Look and Surf Mountain. It will also include a Fairtrade section, presenting an exclusive range from People Tree and Oxfam’s Fairtrade jewellery.

Held in the Whitla Hall at Queen’s, this year the event boasts an exclusive aftershow party in the glamorous Ollie’s at the Merchant Hotel.

Each year the society raises around £50,000 from a number of activities, including taking blood pressure in shopping centres, bag packing and carol singing. The fashion show accounts for nearly half the total amount raised.

The money is then divided among the students who bring it with them on their degree placement to buy vital equipment to improve the standard for care of hundreds of patients. Money raised this year is planned for hospitals and medical centres in Kenya, Peru and Zimbabwe, where basic equipment is a luxury.

Tickets, priced £20, are available now from Queen’s Students’ Union and the Ticketmaster desk in Zavvi, previously Virgin Megastores, Royal Avenue.

For further information on the fashion show, please contact