Sew­ers turn­ing trash to trea­sure

Hem­ming, mend­ing old uni­forms into kids’ clothes:

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

IN STITCHES: Sewing group vol­un­teers Jo Treby and Joy En­ver of Uni­forms 4 Kids re­pur­pos­ing old uni­forms for kids who need clothes.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STITCHING TO­GETHER: Kim Ea­ton and Yvonne Pat­tin­son for Uni­for­m4Kids.

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