Group working to ‘dress a girl around the world’

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Gore Soroptimist group aims to “dress a girl around the world” over the next 12 months.

Soroptimist immediate past president Deborah Wood said the idea was suggested by a member.

“Our club has chosen to get involved with this project,” Mrs Wood said.

The project began in 2006 and was created by the Hope 4 Women International group.

“We are making dresses for girls around the world over the next 12 months. We need donations of 100% cotton. We were lucky enough to have Spotlight help us out by giving 50% off our materials” she said.

“The dresses will go to Africa and the South Pacific.”

The dresses are being made in various sizes “and they have ties so they [the recipients] can loosen them as they grow or wear T-shirts underneath”.

Mrs Woods said the dresses would have labels on them once completed.

The labels gave the impression the girls came from privileged homes, meaning they were less likely to be harmed or kidnapped, she said.

Club member Rosalie Copland said the dresses needed to be cotton as they would probably be washed by being beaten on rocks and had to be sturdy.

Club president Jill Blakebrough said there were guidelines for any donated cotton material.

“The material must have no characters or figurines. There can’t be pictures of food on it either,” Mrs Blakebrough said.

“It is a cultural thing.”

Anyone was welcome to get involved in the project.

For more information call Mrs Blakebrough on 027 495-1575.