Red Ribbon annual fashion gala raised a total of 55m/- for charities as the event has been organized to mark the international HIV-AIDS day.
Beside the raised amount, the gala saw famous ‘bongo fleva’ musician, one Diamond storming at the stage as a model introducing new style known as Kidoti designed by former Miss Tanzania top model, Jokate Mwegelo.
The Managing Director of Benchmark Production, Ritha Poulsen was among the model in the well organised gala that saw many other fashion enthusiasts attending.
The money was raised through donation from various sponsors as well as auctioning of several items.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Singida Urban, Mohammed Dewji bough shoes, cap and book for 6.2m/-, while Vodacom Foundation donated 20m/- for the centre.
Poulsen bought items worth 1.55m/-while Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe dug deep in her pockets to dish out 4.2m/- worth of auctioned items.
Other buyers for the auctioned items includes Miraj Kikwete who bough dress for 4m/-.
Victoria Kimario, the brand manager for Redds bough a dress for 4m/- while Kanumba bought a dress for Poulsen worth 2.2m/-.
There were also donations from the fashion design stakeholders who opted for anoymity.
Managing Director of Tanzania Mitindo House (THM), Khadija Mwanamboka thanked the fashion and design fraternity for making the gala a success and said the money would be used to establish a training center for teenage orphans.
Mwanamboka said the Tanzania Mitindo House Training Center will be located in Dar Es Salaam and will offer several courses namely; life skills education, entrepreneurship, tailoring, computer skills, fashion and designing.
She said at least hundred teenage orphans from various orphanage centres in Tanzania will be trained each year.
“We believe that there is hope; hope for our nation, hope for the world and our biggest hope is for our children; our sons and daughters; our brothers and sisters; the great leaders of tomorrow, who today are fighting a battle against HIV & AIDS,” said Mwanamboka.
She said that the children may not have their biological parents alive today, but “through our work andbvyour support they can look up and see hope for a better tomorrow and future”.