‘Looking like an idiot for a good cause’

A Winton resident is dressing up every week as a different exotic animal to raise money for humanitarian projects in Madagascar.

A Winton resident is dressing up as a different animal every week to raise money for humanitarian projects in Madagascar.

Naomi Wood, 22, studies Business at Bournemouth University. Each Tuesday she attends her lectures dressed as a different safari animal in order to raise money and awareness for Azafady, which “aims to eradicate poverty, suffering and environmental damage in Madagascar”.

Miss Wood, currently in the third week of her five week fundraising effort, said: “My brother is travelling to Madagascar to help build a school. He has raised all the money he needs for his trip and has also raised an additional £2000 for the charity. I just thought I’d try to help out.”

All of the costumes have been inspired by the movie Madagascar. The final costume will be the lemur, King Julian, who was voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen in the film. So far all the costumes have come from friends or fancy dress shops, but Miss Wood says the final one “might have to be made from scratch”.

She added: “Hopefully there will be more of a big effort in the final week. I want to get more people involved, each dressed as a character.”

Miss Wood was surprised that her attire hadn’t attracted much attention around campus: “Obviously people aren’t that shocked by someone dressed as a zebra.”

To donate go to http://www.bmycharity.com/madagascarnaomi.

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