Local medical students are showing a little skin to help raise money for a global issue.
The fifth annual Doctors and Derrières will see the works of 33 local artists, who used the nude frames of 22 medical students to help create the pieces, be auctioned off for the event.
“They were trying to find a way to make a difference in promoting global health and wanted to try something unorthodox,” said event organizer Tammy Bach. “The money goes directly to grassroots initiatives.”
Bach, who also modelled for the show, said while it was nerve-racking to pose nude for the artists, it was easier since as future doctors they specialize in the study of the naked body.
“It’s natural,” said Bach. “We all look the same underneath.”
All the proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Change for Children’s Emergency Social Health Fund in rural El Salvador.
“Not everyone outside of North America is provided with such quality health care,” said Bach.
Bach said one of the best features of the event is the way it brought together different communities within Edmonton.
“We all come from different backgrounds but have similar interests,” she said. “It’s a noble interest.”
In the last four years, more than $30,000 has been raised for various global health organizations.
The reception will start tomorrow at 7 p.m.