Sewers turning trash to treasure
Hemming, mending old uniforms into kids’ clothes:
ONE group of dedicated sewers are saving old uniforms from going to landfill and re-purposing them into children’s clothes for those in need.
The group Uniforms4Kids is now wanting to hold a space in Kawana so the volunteer sewers can come together.
Uniforms4Kids committee member Pauline Clayton said Yvonne Pattinson OAM set up the not-for-profit with her daughter and Queensland police officer Debbie Platz.
Ms Clayton, said the donated fabric and uniforms come from Queensland Police, Australia Border Force, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Australia Zoo.
“Queensland Police supply used uniforms which are always immaculate and clean.
“Terri Irwin from Australia Zoo was on it like a rocket to donate uniforms,” said Ms Clayton.
Australasian Council of Women and Policing secretary Anne MacDonald said the initiative has “re-purposed approximately 4000 items” and distributed the clothes in Australia and overseas to orphanages, Indigenous communities, child and sexual assault shelters, migrant centres, charities, rural villages, women and children shelters, state schools and even as far as the Australian Embassy in Rome, Italy.
Ms Clayton said there are 78 sewers and it’s about time Uniforms4Kids had a space for sewers to congregate.
“The sewing centre in Warana has offered us their sewing room.
“A lot of sewers are happy to work at home, but some people want to be part of a group. It’s nice to make friends and feel more involved and connected.”
She will apply for grants for some permanent sewing machines.
“At this stage people will need to bring their own sewing machines, so it will be good to have a few set up. There are more children in need than we can keep up with,” said Ms Clayton.
For more information, contact Anne on ol[email protected] me.com or 0428 906 354.
IN STITCHES: Sewing group volunteers Jo Treby and Joy Enver of Uniforms 4 Kids repurposing old uniforms for kids who need clothes.
STITCHING TOGETHER: Kim Eaton and Yvonne Pattinson for Uniform4Kids.