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Food4Malawi was another great success for the Graduates Association, with over £10,000 raised for the Malawi Project. The theme was Africa and Malawian materials and artefacts decorated the hall. Over 750 guests crowded into the sell-out event. It was a real University-wide event with participants from all levels within the University from the Principal down and involved many departments within the University; Design and Print, Catering, Learning Services, Estates Management and Security.

The Principal, Prof Douglas Weir and Mr Alan Park provided the entertainment in the second half in a spoof of Grease, as Teddy Boys to Dave Anderson's Sandy Dee. Irish Dancers from the Patricia Kerr School of Dance ended the first half with a rousing Riverdance performance. David McGill of International Tartans premiered his range of African tartans, with models and designers from all over Africa and Prof Alan McGown, a stalwart of the Malawi Project, made various apearances on the night, first as a presenter, then a waiter, then as a poor imitation of the organiser Dr Rose Mary Harley.

An exciting new design duo Leopfrost showed their elegant first collection, and have received a number of commisions since then. Another new Glasgow Milliner, Rebecca Anderson of Tantrums & Tiaras provided the models and presenters with the most fabulous fascinators.

The children of University staff took part in an Indiana Jones section.

There was also great collaboration with other institutions: the Glasgow College of Nautical Studies Beauty Therapy department provided the models' makeup; Glasgow North Glasgow College choreographed the children's and gents' section; Saks Hair for the models' hair. All very generously gave their time and services free of charge, all in the cause of Malawi.

A fantastic raffle raised over £3000, and was drawn by the Malawian High Commissioner, Dr Francis Moto. He and his wife were the guests of honour. He praised the GA and the University as true friends of Malawi and the Malawian people. The former First Minister Jack McConnell MSP also praised the efforts of the GA in its support of Malawi.