SHE ‘Dress a Girl’ Glam Party

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

SHE Caribbean, part­ner­ing with the ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ cam­paign and other spon­sors, last Satur­day hosted a spe­cial day of cel­e­bra­tion for 25 young ladies from the New Be­gin­ning Tran­sit Home. Dubbed the SHE ‘Dress a Girl’ Glam Party, the event boasted the at­ten­dance of the hon­orary guests as well as sev­eral spe­cially in­vited guests in­clud­ing the wife of Saint Lu­cia’s prime min­is­ter, Raquel Du Boulay-Chas­tanet; Dr Tanya Beaubrun; for­mer car­ni­val queen and Miss Saint Lu­cia-Uni­verse Rox­anne Di­dier Ni­cholas; for­mer Miss Saint Lu­cia-World Ai­asha Gus­tave; and Chuck and Sheree Hart as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ cam­paign.

Af­ter lunch at The Yard Café, the girls were pre­sented with their hand-made dresses. In the af­ter­noon they took to the cat­walk, ea­ger to pa­rade their out­fits be­fore a most ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence. A walk down the makeshift ramp quickly turned into a dance party with the STAR’s Clau­dia Elei­box on hand to lead the way with care­fully chore­ographed moves. Once the girls set­tled down, it was time for some in­spir­ing words from guest speaker Dr Beaubrun whose open­ing lines sought to re­mind the girls, and ev­ery­one else within earshot, that they were valu­able, and mat­tered.

“Within each one of us, lies a di­a­mond,” she said, paus­ing to make sure she had the full at­ten­tion of the girls. “As time goes by, we tend to for­get how spe­cial we are, how beau­ti­ful we are, and how unique we are. To­day I want you to re­mem­ber that you have that spark of a di­a­mond in­side you; that you are truly unique and truly spe­cial, with a tal­ent that must be shared with the world, to make the world a bet­ter place.”

Her choice words left a last­ing ef­fect on the rest of the event.

The girls all went home with arm­fuls of candy and other to­kens in­clud­ing a cal­en­dar from the Saint Lu­cia School of Bal­let from tu­tor and Di­rec­tor of the School, Theresa LowrieCol­ly­more, also in at­ten­dance.

‘Dress a Girl’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives Chuck and Sheree Hart ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the Glam Party’s turnout.

“I was very pleased with the event,” Sheree en­thused. “I think the more the word gets out, the next event could be even more spec­tac­u­lar. It was re­ally nice that the prime min­is­ter’s wife was there. Dr Tanya Beaubrun . . . her talk with the girls was very per­ti­nent, very valu­able, and I hope that the girls at least took a lit­tle some­thing away that they can use for their lives.”

The ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ cam­paign ben­e­fits un­der­priv­i­leged girls around the globe, and Sheree shared where it all be­gan.

“It all started with a lady called Rachel,” she said, adding that as part of the cam­paign, dresses are made all over the world, in­clud­ing Canada, the United King­dom, Philip­pines, Aus­tralia, Swe­den, Costa Rica, South Africa, Ger­many, Nor­way, Ja­pan and Hong Kong. To date the cam­paign has de­liv­ered over 500,000 dresses to 81 coun­tries.

“It’s al­ways the same pat­tern, var­i­ous sizes,” she con­tin­ued. “I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant be­cause girls need to know that they are val­ued, that they’re spe­cial. Which girl doesn’t like a pretty dress, or just feel­ing good about them­selves?”

The dresses for Satur­day’s event were made by Sheree and her hus­band Chuck’s church in Colorado. She be­lieved there had been some di­vine in­ter­ven­tion lead­ing to their choice of Saint Lu­cia as part of their yearly va­ca­tion, so the dresses could be de­liv­ered.

“This turned into a won­der­ful event for the girls that was not even on our radar,” Chuck said. “It was ex­cit­ing for us be­cause we were just go­ing to say, ‘Here’s the dresses; we hope it blesses some­body.’ It turned into so much more. From what we’ve seen, we hope it car­ries on.”

“To­day I want you to re­mem­ber that you have that spark of di­a­mond in­side you; that you are truly unique and truly spe­cial, with a unique tal­ent that must be shared with the world to make the world a bet­ter place.”

By all ac­counts, the SHE ‘Dress a Girl’ Glam Party was a re­sound­ing suc­cess. The event is one of many char­i­ta­ble ini­tia­tives on which SHE Caribbean will em­bark this year.

The girls rocked the au­di­ence as they pa­raded their hand­made dresses at last week­end’s event.

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