Com­mu­nity re­sponds to need for for­mal wear

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

WHEN Lock­yer Dis­trict High School co-or­di­na­tors ap­proached chap­lain Rachael Willey about pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance for stu­dents need­ing for­mal wear, “Chappy Rach’’ put so­cial me­dia to work.

From one ini­tial post, a wave a sup­port flooded the school with do­na­tions of dresses and suits, shoes and ac­ces­sories com­ing from as far away as Ke­nil­worth.

The school’s For­mal Closet now has more than 100 dresses and a small num­ber of suits.

Mrs Willey will fa­cil­i­tate an af­ford­able hire ser­vice through the school for the Year 12 stu­dents, and said the scheme was an im­por­tant one she hoped would last for many years.

“This en­sures that the gift keeps giv­ing,” Mrs Willey said.

“We want to pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive to spend­ing hun­dreds of dol­lars on dresses.

“We are cre­at­ing a new cul­ture within the school, where the for­mal doesn’t have to be a fi­nan­cial bur­den on fam­i­lies.”

Mrs Willey said the school was still look­ing for do­na­tions and any­one will­ing to do­nate items should con­tact the school on 5466 2333.

“We will con­tinue to ac­cept do­na­tions for as long as peo­ple are will­ing to give,” she said.

“It's im­por­tant to have large num­bers of dresses and suits so that the stu­dents have op­tions in their sizes.”

Any stu­dents in­ter­ested in the scheme should con­tact Mrs Willey dur­ing school hours.


DREAM CLOSET: Lock­yer Dis­trict State High chap­lain Rachael Willey stands with do­nated for­mal wear.

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