The annual PROSH newspaper has once again been successfully delivered to the community of Perth by UWA students to support local charities.
Every March, a team of dedicated writers get together during a series of writers' nights to produce the PROSH paper. Here, the students dissect recent papers looking for current affairs, photos, and celebrity scandals to mock. At the same time, the Uni becomes abuzz with PROSH fever.
As Clubs and Faculty Societies plan their floats and skits, there are also publicity hungry stunts all vying for precious media attention (for PROSH) and the Best Stunt prize. Once the work has been done, and awards issued, students return to campus to total funds and celebrate on the Oak Lawn.
While the students undoubtedly have a great time organising and selling PROSH, what makes it really worthwhile are the charities it supports. Every donation received from sales of the paper support various Western Australian charities. This year's PROSH had record numbers of students involved and raised more than $125,000, which will be used to support the Dyslexia-Speld Foundation, the Holyoake foundation and the RSPCA.
Prosh began in 1931 when the UWA Student Guild decided to replace some defunct Graduation Day events with a procession, stunts and skits. To commemorate the event the Guild asked some students to edit a satirical newspaper which they compiled at the last minute and called Sruss Sruss.
History records that a local media outlet found the content in PROSH offensive, labelling the paper "Filth and Trash" a few weeks later. As a result the students involved were ordered to pay a fine to a local children's charity. Ironically this punishment gave PROSH a moral justification for all its madness.
Now in its 77th year, PROSH is bigger and better than ever!