Free frocks for spe­cial night

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

YEAR 12 stu­dents and their fam­i­lies will have one less worry this grad­u­at­ing sea­son with Lowood Com­mu­nity Action Group pro­vid­ing free for­mal wear to those in need.

More than 300 items will be of­fered to the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents of Lowood, Too­goolawah and Lock­yer District state high schools, in a bid to en­sure pupils are equipped to at­tend their spe­cial day.

LCAG Pres­i­dent Sue Fraser said the group wanted to en­sure all stu­dents could at­tend their for­mal even if their fam­i­lies could not af­ford to buy a dress or suit.

“We want them all to come and en­joy them­selves and make their night re­ally spe­cial for them,” Ms Fraser said.

“It’s about mak­ing their day a mem­ory.

“Our goal is to make sure every­body has a lovely day.”

Ms Fraser said the com­mu­nity’s re­sponse to the ini­tia­tive has been phe­nom­e­nal with peo­ple from all across the re­gion do­nat­ing to the cause.

“We’ve got some beau­ti­ful dresses, at this stage we’ve got 300 dresses and 25 suits and we are still get­ting more,” Ms Fraser said.

The group also re­ceived five boxes of dresses from sis­ters Anita Guyett and Tashoni Hardy, who started the Dresses for Drought Face­book page in July, which now has more than 10,000 likes.

Do­na­tions will be stock­piled un­til Satur­day when they go on of­fer in the hall at Lowood State High School.

Lock­yer District State High School Prin­ci­pal Dar­ren Cook said he com­mended the group for help­ing stu­dents at­tend their end of year cel­e­bra­tions.

“This ini­tia­tive will help al­le­vi­ate the costs of school for­mals for many fam­i­lies,” Mr Cook said.

“School for­mals are an ap­pro­pri­ate cel­e­bra­tion of the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of 12 years of school, and the be­gin­ning of a new chap­ter in the lives of so many stu­dents.”

The for­mal wear will be avail­able to lo­cal stu­dents on Septem­ber 15 from 11am.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

SUIT UP: Lowood Com­mu­nity Action Group pres­i­dent Sue Fraser is over­whelmed by the amount of for­mal wear do­nated to the cause.

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