Apron mak­ers clean up ahead of Guid­ing trip

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Thir­teen- year- old Whitby girl Katie Mac­Donell has started an apron-mak­ing busi­ness to fund a Girl Guid­ing trip to Nor­way.

Along with six other Ki­wis, she is plan­ning to at­tend the 2013 Na­tional Scout Jam­boree in Stra­vanga, Nor­way.

Team­ing up with her dress­maker mum, Janet, the pair have de­signed uni­sex, women’s and chil­dren’s aprons, dec­o­rat­ing them with rib­bons, frills and even adding de­tach­able hand tow­els.

Katie said she wanted to try some­thing dif­fer­ent to raise the $6000 needed for the trip. ‘‘We hadn’t seen any­thing like [these] aprons around be­fore,’’ she said.

‘‘They are re­ally fun. We use lots of stripes, spots and flo­ral, we’ve even got a wine glass pat­tern that’s quite pop­u­lar.’’

Sell­ing the aprons at craft stalls and women’s ex­pos, they have sold nearly 200 so far, rais­ing more than $ 2000. The aprons range from $18 to $28 each.

Their next event will be at the Welling­ton Pa­per Arts and Crafts Show at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Septem­ber 2.

Katie said they still have a long way to go, but the fundrais­ing will be worth it to see the dif­fer­ent land­scapes and cul­tures in Nor­way she said. ‘‘I’d love to see the big fjords and the coun­try­side.’’

To buy an apron, email Janet at theel­e­gan­tapron@xtra.co.nz.

Hun­gry for Nor­way: Whitby teen Katie Mac­Donell, front, mod­els an apron she is sell­ing, with her mum, Janet Mac­Donell, and Tony Kane, prin­ci­pal of Kapiti Col­lege, which Katie at­tends.

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