Wedding dress an angel’s gown
MICHAELA Griffiths says handing her wedding dress to Communicare work-for-the-dole participants is a way of ‘paying it forward’.
The dress will be cut and sewn into tiny gowns and donated to the Women’s and Infants Research Foundation in Subiaco.
These ‘angel gowns’ as they are called, will be given to bereaved parents and to hospitals to dress babies who have died because they were born prematurely.
Mrs Griffiths, who married in August, said she knew before the wedding that she would donate the dress to be repurposed.
Her sister lost twins several years ago because of ectopic pregnancies and Mrs Griffiths also had friends who delivered prematurely.
That experience of feeling helpless in those situations motivated her to find a way to pay it forward.
Mrs Griffiths is an area manager with Goodstart Early Learning, based in East Victoria Park, where another colleague was inspired to donate her dress.
A third wedding dress was sent up from a centre in Dunsborough for donation.
Under the management of Mrs Griffiths, the centres, including Alfred Cove, gave bags of fabric for Communicare’s textile section to be made into baby blankets and other items.
WFTD supervisor Desiree Oorloff (seated) with (from left) Leanne Bockett from Good Start Early Learning, Michaela Griffin (GSEL), Matthew Shepheard (WFTD)and Brad Chapman (WFTD).