Why should you be at uni at 5am on a Wednesday and spend your morning selling papers around town?
Simple: it’s all for charity!
PROSH is an infamous Perth fundraiser run entirely by UWA students, who write a satirical newspaper and then hit the streets of Perth in costume to sell it and raise money for worthy local charities and causes.
PROSH remains iconic not only for its ability to produce and sell a paper with some questionable banter, but also for raising over two million dollars over the last 87 years. That’s a whole lot of loose change!
This year PROSH is adopting a “Pulp Fiction” theme (pretty appropriate given the completely fake nature of all news within the paper) and supporting some very worthy local organisations.
The 2019 PROSH beneficiaries are:
- Guide Dogs WA, which provides life-changing Guide Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs, Companion Dogs for children and adults with a disability, and Therapy Dogs for school, hospital or therapy settings.
- Red Frogs, a support program for 15- to 25-year-olds providing a positive peer presence in alcohol-fuelled environments; educating young people on safe partying behaviours; and promoting alcohol-free and/or diversionary activities.
- The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which makes a difference to the lives of Indigenous families by gifting thousands of new culturally appropriate books – with a focus on early literacy and first language – and running programs to support the communities to tell and publish their own stories.
Tens of thousands of copies of the PROSH newspaper will be rolling off the presses to be sold by students adorned in crazy costumes, shaking tins in exchange for donations throughout Perth on Wednesday 20 March. All classes are even cancelled that morning just for PROSH!
Posted on March 8, 2019