Wed­ding dress an an­gel’s gown

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - STREET WATCH -

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).

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