Fashionistas hold auction for famine relief effort

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011
The Smythson bag

The Smythson bag

High end fashion companies including Prada have donated valuable items to a Jewish group raising money for famine relief efforts in East Africa.

The Closet Den committee, who earlier this year raised more than £12,000 for the Bet Hayeled foster home in northern Israel, are hoping to raise at least £5,000 this week for World Jewish Relief's appeal.

They've assembled a collection of luxury goods donated by designers, including a Prada bag which sells at £940 and a white Smythson bag worth £750. Other goodies include a Stella McCartney bag, a complete set of Mr & Mrs Smith Travel Books and a £150 voucher for dinner at Asia De Cuba.

The ten prizes are up for auction online until Monday. Bids start at just £5, while £35 gives you ten chances of winning one of the items and is enough to feed five children a high energy meal at school for a six month period.

Donors from around the community have now given more than £200,000 to the appeal. More than 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are believed to be at risk of starvation and disease. Paul Stein, the director of fundraising for WJR, said the need for donations remained "acute".

Last updated: 2:08pm, September 16 2011