Friday, 22 August 2014

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#104 to #107 - Dresses from Ann, Maureen, Tannis and Frances

Can not seem to keep up with the counting with more parcels arriving at my postbox for Project Hope Burma and Project Uganda but need to know how many more children can be provided with dresses, t-shirts and shorts they can call their own, I need to work overtime. A few people have asked why I do these kind of acknowledgements when I could easily dump all these items in a box and post. The reason why I do this is to show my appreciation to all the donors and let them know how I value what they made, the time and effort they spend making these dresses and the cost of providing the materials. And as long as the guidelines are diligently considered I am happy to help everyone make a difference by finding owners of their donations.  Also I sign for the parcels that I send anywhere in the world so I have to make sure that they are packed well and safe to send.

For this batch of donation acknowledgements ,I have added 29 more dresses for Project Uganda and 52 more dresses and 8 matching sets of t-shirts and shorts for Project Hope Burma.
1) Donation #104 is a parcel of 44 dresses, 6 pairs of shorts, 1 quilt and 4 girls undies from Tannis Brennan. 29 of the dresses have been allocated to Project Uganda and the remaining dresses for future drives. A lot of the fabric materials used in these items were donated by the patchwork group of her mum in Busselton. The quilt will be acknowledged separately as I think I have another quilt from another donor in one of the unopened parcels.
2) Donation #105 is a parcel of 10 dresses from Ann Field with fabrics donated by Jenny Bonner. All dresses allocated to Project Hope Burma -
3) Donation #106 is a parcel of 36 dresses from Frances Cornish. Again, all dresses allocated to Project Hope Burma -
4) Donation #107 is a parcel of 6 dresses, 6 pairs of shorts and 8 t-shirts from Maureen O'Brien. All items allocated to Project Hope Burma.
Thank you, Ladies, for all the wonderful dresses and pairs of shorts you have made for the less fortunate children. Thank you to Maureen for the t-shirts. And to the fabric donors as well. Thank you. Your kindness and generosity are very much appreciated.

Here is an update of the projects as of today with the above donations -
           Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries) - Dresses 55 
           Project Hope Burma (Oct delivery) - Dresses - 147
                                                                 - Shorts - 71
                                                                 - T-shirts - 71

And lastly, a reminder of the deadlines -
          Project Uganda ends at the end of August
          Project Hope Burma (Oct delivery) ends mid-September

Deadline for dresses for Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries)

Good Morning everyone! This is the last call for dresses for Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries). As of today, I have 75 dresses and about 2 more parcels to open. If you would like to donate, all dresses must be posted on or before Aug 31st (8 days to the deadline) to get to my postbox by the first week of September. This will allow me to have a little bit more of time to sort at nightime and post by mid-September. 

Postal address - Dress A Girl Australia
                           P.O. Box 240
                           Casula Mall Casula
                           NSW 2170

This is the last drive for Uganda for this year (unless someone offers or volunteers to take dresses with them for a Uganda visit). All dresses must be for girls sized 14, 15 and 16. Minimum length of 32" or 80cms. No thin or flimsy materials. Thank you.


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A time to laugh for a change

I think this is me...too loud for Dress A Girl Around the World (Australia) LOL! 
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You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.
~Danielle LaPorte
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I know a lot of people do not agree with the way I run Dress A Girl Australia (i.e complain too much) but believe me when I say if you want to make the world brighter...then do it right way. Unfortunately for some, I dont spend time thinking about what other people might think of the things I do and how I do it. If I think it is right...then it is right. If I think it will make lives better....then it is right and I do it. ♥☻♥

And don't forget that today is World Humanitarian Day. Here is an image with a great message I got from the Kid President - 
And here is a great daily 'food for thought' ....
Have a great day everyone!

Repost of Guidelines when making and donating dresses

I am reposting these guidelines if you are making dresses to donate. If you want your dresses to be included in the distributions, please make sure you read these guidelines.




If some of you appreciate the work that I do to help all of us make a difference to the lives of the less fortunate, the time and effort I spend making contact to different communities, finding volunteers willing to spare their time and money travelling to remote locations in some locations and raising funds to pay for the cost of sending these dresses to different locations around the world, then you will appreciate and understand why there are guidelines. Thank you.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Cards for Dad Fundraising Sale

In 2 weeks time we will be celebrating Dad's big day. Sept 7 is Father's Day in Australia. Since my family always celebrates Dad's day, I always find it a pleasure to make small cheap things to sell to help celebrate the big day. Small cheap things but wonderful keepsakes. Small cheap things but heavy in message. For this year, a few items I have made and now available for sale in my e-shop hoping it would raise some money for postage fund.
Please click on the image above or click here to check out these items from my Dress A Girl Australia e-shop. Hope you will find something that you will like and make a purchase.
Dont forget to check out my new printed greeting cards too. All proceeds from sales will be donated to my Dress A Girl Australia well project for the people of Kalagi Uganda. Please click on the image below to check out my handmade cards e-shop.
They all come in standard 110mm x 155mm white plain cards with matching white envelopes for easy gift-giving.
For 'Get well' cards, click here.
For 'Little Sentiments' for any occasion, click here.
For 'Cards for Dad', click here.
For thank you Cards, click here.
For Birthday cards, click here.

Drop by the online shop regularly as new items are being added almost everyday. Please help spread the word as they are all handmade for a great cause. Check out here some of the distributions of dresses around the world I have made from the proceeds of sales from my online shops. About 20% of these distributions are paid for from the proceeds of selling some of these stuff. Instead of going to my pocket I give it to the world. The rest I get the money from selling stuff I do not need. Links to postage receipts are available on this page. Although sales are not that big, they still contribute a lot to the cost of sending dresses around the world.

Click here for my fundraising page for a Dress A Girl Australia well to be built to give hope to the people of Kalagi Uganda.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Label requests

Good day everyone. I have limited number of labels left and find it difficult to find the time to make new ones as most of my spare time is spent on finding ways to raise money for postage. I will be filling up requests but going to cut down the number of labels to send vs what was requested. This way I am able to provide labels to more donors. Thank you.

Also, if you want labels, please can I ask that you fill up the form to request labels. I dont think it is too much to ask. This way, I only have to look at one log and able to do the job effectively. Let us make a difference by helping one another too and filling up label forms makes quite a difference to the tasks I have to do on my limited spare time. This way, you dont keep on sending me emails asking where your labels are. 

Starting today I will only fill up requests send using the form -
Here is the link to the form - click here. The link can also be found on the left side navigation pane under the 'Dress A Girl' forms -


Friday, 15 August 2014

Dress Distribution #73B - For Project Hope Burma Parcel 2

This is the second delivery of dresses, t-shirts/shorts sets and fabrics for the Project Hope Burma which will be sent to Croydon Hills Baptist Church (c-o Kathy Thompson) this weekend. Included in these 3 parcels are 49 dresses, 50 pairs of matching t-shirts and shorts, 8 packs of girls undies and another 10 kilos worth of fabrics. Here are the parcels -
and here are the contents of the parcels -
made possible by the following donors - (Final List for Parcel 2)
1) Craft & Hope and Ladies of Kapunda Sewing Group
2) Monika Osvald
3) Inspired Peel Sewers
4) Elaine Klein
5) Eliza Leahy
6) Golden Girls 2(Julie, Kay,Betty and Pauline)
7) Sharyn Cafee
8) Sarah MacRaild
9) Lyn Granger
10) Vanya Bryant
11) Maureen O'Brien
12) Catherine Jenkins
13) Renade Fulton
14) Jayne Hogan
15) Betty Barrett/Betty Paull
16) Fabi Sun
made possible by the following donors - (Final List for Parcel 2)
1) Katherine Nott
2) Jenni Kirillov (mum's fabric stash)
3) Wright Family
4) Kim Foster
5) Karin Maltby
6) Dress A Girl Australia

This second group of 3 parcels brings the total contribution made to Project Hope Burma to 95 dresses, 63 pairs of matching t-shirts and pairs of shorts, 10 packs of girls and boys undies and about 20 kilos of fabric materials to be sewn into more dresses and pairs of shorts by the sewing group in Victoria headed by Barbara Dodson. To see larger images of this distribution, please click here.

Thank you to all the donors who made this distribution possible. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Latest Update on Project Hope Burma and Uganda(Destiny Faith Ministries)

With the parcels I received and picked up from the postoffice yesterday, more dresses and matching tshirts & shorts were added to the Project Uganda(Destiny Faith Ministries) and Project Hope Burma.
For Project Uganda, 2 dresses were added bringing my total to 26 dresses today made possible by Sian McIntosh -
For Project Hope Burma, 15 dresses and 14 matching sets of tshirts and shorts were added bringing my total to 95 dresses and 63 matching sets today -
made possible by the following donors -
1) Jayne Hogan
2) Renade Fulton
3) Lynette Granger
4) Vanya Bryant
5) Elaine Klein
6) Fabi Sun
7) Eliza Leahy

To see larger images and more details of the donations/donors, please click here for Project Hope Burma and here for Project Uganda(Destiny Faith Ministries).

My wholehearted thank you to all the donors of these collections. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is much appreciated. Thank you.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#100 to #103 - From Renade, Lynette, Jayne and Sian

More donations to acknowledge with more parcels coming in everyday for the two projects am currently running back to back - Project Hope Burma and Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries). All dresses, pairs of shorts and t-shirts from this batch have been allocated to these 2 active projects.
1) Donation #100 is a parcel of 2 dresses from Sian McIntosh and allocated to the Project Uganda(Destiny Faith Ministries) -
2) Donation #101 is a parcel of 5 dresses, 4 pairs of shorts, 4 boys t-shirts and 5 girls t-shirts all allocated to the Project Hope Burma from Renade Fulton. These dresses were sewn from a $50 donation made by an 89-year-old gentleman by the name of Robert Parsons who is turning 90 on the 8th of September.
3) Donation #102 is a parcel of 5 dresses and 2 matching sets of t-shirts and pairs of shorts from Lynette Granger. The fabric materials were donated by the women of the Miranda Patchwork group and Jan John of Kiama Downs. They were so glad to make the donations when they heard of this wonderful cause. All dresses and matching sets of t-shirts and shorts have been allocated to Project Hope Burma -
4) Donation #103 is a parcel of 5 dresses, 60 girls undies, 40 school bags and packs of pencils and pens from Jayne Hogan for the Project "Education without Borders" 2015. The school bags and packs of pencils and pens have been acknowledged separately. The dresses have been allocated to Project Hope Burma -
A whole heaps of thanks to all the donors. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. It is very much appreciated.

School Supplies #5 - for Project "Education Without Borders" from Jayne and Elaine

One thing is very sure and that is I will not be where I am today without the education I was provided by my parents. And if you believe on the button messages below I am pretty sure that a lot of you will be supporting me in my on-going project this year of "Education Without Borders" 2015.
I used to call it School Supplies and School Bags charity drives (but have changed it to a more sophisticated name - Project Education without Borders 2015 LOL!). I have now identified one organization that will highly benefit from the donations I am receiving. And without further ado, #5 and #6 donation acknowledgements are as follows -
Donation #5 are 12 fabric bags from Elaine Klein and Donation #6 are packs of pencils and pens and 40 fabric school bags from Jayne Hogan.
Thank you Elaine and Jayne for your generous support of this project. Thank you for helping make a difference to the lives of those who would love to be educated but not lucky enough to get one. It is so much appreciated. These supplies will be a great help to them. Thank you.

Parcels for Project Hope Burma and Project Uganda only at this time please!!

A happy day everyone! Just a friendly reminder once again that due to the number of parcels that are arriving these days I am only accepting parcels with dress donations for the Project Hope Burma and Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries). Please do not send me dresses that cannot be included in any of these collections at this time. This will allow me to sort correctly and put the dresses, t-shirts & shorts in the right boxes. Please note that I do the sorting at night time so tendencies for mistakes in sorting could easily happen and it will be a disaster if I put the wrong dresses in the wrong plastic bags. Thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

More sets for Project Hope Burma

I have been able to match 10 more sets of t-shirts & shorts for Project Hope Burma Parcel 2 to be sent soon for delivery in early October. 
These sets made possible by
1) Lyn Granger 
2) Vanya Bryant 
3) Maureen O'Brien
4) Eliza Leahy
5) Inspired Peel Sewers
6) Catherine Jenkins

Thank you to the donors who made these sets possible. It is much appreciated.

For those who have committed to make donations for this project, please make sure that the parcels are posted on or before the 15th of September. At this stage I am not sure how committed I will be on the second delivery in December as I have other locations to think about for Christmas distribution. By the time I have sent all the parcels for early October delivery to Victoria, my postage budget for this project will have been used up. The second delivery will not take as much priority in my extra time as this first delivery. Also, there is a group that will be focusing on sewing dresses for this project based in Victoria, If you want to join this group, please send an email to dressagirlaustralia@gmail.com.

With these 10 sets, it brings my total to 49 for t-shirts and 49 for shorts. Dresses still remain at 80 but with the emails I have been receiving about parcels being sent, I am looking at 150 dresses by the end of August. And with the fabric materials I have sent in the first parcel including elastics and another batch in the next few days, I am looking at perhaps another 50 dresses being made by the group in Victoria so that would more or less bring my total to about 200 dresses. Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Dresses as of today for Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries)

As of today, 24 dresses have been allocated to the Project Uganda(Destiny Faith Ministries). More pledges have been made so I can see the number increasing in the next few days. 
These 24 dresses have been made possible by -
1) Karina Tomlinson
2) Virginia Smith
3) Linda Smyth
4) Alexandria Achievers
5) Elaine Klein
6) All Saints' Parish South Hobart c-o Suzanne Nixon

Thank you to the donors who made this collection possible. Your kindness, generosity and support are fully appreciated. Thank you.

More dresses, tshirts/Shorts matching sets and fabrics for Project Hope Burma

More dresses have arrived and more matching t-shirts and pairs of shorts have been added for the second parcel for Project Hope Burma. 29 dresses were added which brings my total of dresses to 80 as of today.
29 dresses made possible by Elaine Klein and Eliza Leahy -
8 matching t-shirts and pairs of shorts were added to the project bringing my total of t-shirts to 39 and pairs of shorts to 39 as well. These 8 matching sets were made possible by Sarah MacRaild, Sharyn Cafee, Lyn Granger, Vanya Bryant and the golden girls. More matching sets will be allocated to this project in the next few days -
And 7 bundles of fabric materials to be sewn into more dresses for this project will be sent to Barbara Dodson once parcel #2 is filled up or towards the end of the month of August when I get the chance to pack the items. These donated materials came from Sarah MacRaild -
With the above additions to the collection, here is the latest update on Project Hope Burma - 80 dresses and 39 matching t-shirts & shorts sets -
Again, thank you to the donors who are making this project a success. Thank you so much for your support.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#94 to #99 - From various donors

Time for donation acknowledgements and here is the second batch of donations for the month of August from various donors. Donations are mostly, if not all, for the active Charity Drives that am currently running namely Project Hope Burma and Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries). I have received more pledges for more dresses for the Project Uganda and hopefully the parcels will arrive in the next few days.

1) Donation #94 is a parcel of  4 t-shirts and 7 bundles of fabric materials donated by Sarah MacRaild for the Project Hope Burma. Also in the parcel were boys and girls undies -
2) Donation #95 is a parcel of 8 dresses which were made by a group of sewers in the Australian Sewing Guild called the Alexandria Achievers. These dresses were sent in by Jennifer Kearns. Six of the dresses which had the right length had been allocated to Project Uganda and the other two remaining dresses were allocated to an upcoming Christmas Charity drive.
3) Donation #96 is a parcel of 22 dresses, 1 t-shirt and 10 fabric schoolbags from Elaine Klein.  12 of the dresses have been allocated to Project Hope Burma, 1 dress to Project Uganda and the remaining 9 dresses have been allocated to an upcoming Christmas Charity Drive -
4) Donation #97 is a parcel of 17 dresses, 13 pairs of shorts and 8 t-shirts from Eliza Leahy. All 17 dresses have been allocated to Project Hope Burma -
5) Donation #98 is a parcel of 20 packs of girls undies from Catherine Jenkins -
6) Donation #99 is a parcel of 20 pairs of shorts from Vanya Bryant -
Heaps of thanks to all the donors. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is very much appreciated. Thank you.

Sizes for pairs of Shorts

Ladies, please make sure that when you sew pairs of shorts, they are children's sizes and not adult sizes. I have a problem distributing large sizes of shorts. Note that even if these kids are 14 years old most of them are size 10 only so an adult size 16 are really big especially in the Asian locations. Sometimes it is better to sew 2 size 8 rather than sewing an adult size 16. You are able to give to 2 kids compared to a size 16 that can never find an owner.Please help volunteers easily find owners of the clothes that you sew Thank you.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Friendly reminder on parcels

Just a friendly reminder that due to a very limited space at home, at this time I am only accepting dresses that meets the requirements for Project Hope Burma and Project Uganda. Thank you.

Feedback Distribution from CDO Phils Aug 2014

A few pictures from the Dress distribution made by my niece Dr Sha Azura-Pagli in one of the remote areas in CDO Philippines (Tagpangi Elementary School ) Aug 2014.




Thank you Sha for your patience and to the donors who made this distribution possible. Much appreciated.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Dresses for Project Hope Burma by Barbara

The lady in Victoria is keeping herself busy and also busy making kits for her sewing friends. These are 4 of the dresses that Barbara Dodson has completed for the Project Hope Burma.
Well done, Barbara. Thanks!

Length of Dresses for Project Uganda

In response to an enquiry as to the length of the Project Uganda dresses between the sizes of 14 to 16, they should at least be 32" or 80cms long otherwise if you give them short dresses they wont last long These kids are tall and thin and are still growing. Thank you.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

New Charity Drive for kids in Uganda Sizes 14,15,16

Tonight I am starting another Charity Drive for dresses between the sizes of 14, 15 and 16 for the kids of Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries). The standard pillowcase dresses will be great for this collection. Delivery date for these dresses is end of September so that means all dresses will have to be in by the first week of September for sorting and packing. If there is anyone who would like to donate for these sizes, please send me a message or email to dressagirlaustralia@gmail.com so I will have an idea as to how many I can raise. This is another great opportunity for anyone who wants to make a difference. Thank you so much.

Due to the tight schedule of this particular drive, I cannot say at this time how much I am committing to this collection but will do my best to raise as many dresses as I can.
Just a friendly reminder to anyone who wants to donate, that these dresses are going to be given to dark-skinned kiddies so thin and flimsy materials are a big no-no. The kids are tall and thin so please be generous with your lengths.Thank you.

More T-shirts/Pairs of Shorts sets for Project Hope Burma Drive

These matching sets of t-shirts and pairs of shorts have been added to the Project Hope Burma Charity drive Parcel 2 bringing my total of t-shirts and pairs of shorts to 31 each. Dresses is 51.
Donors of items as follows -  
1) T-shirts by Monika Osvald
2) Pairs of shorts by Kim Foster(sewn by Dress A Girl Australia), Inspired Peel Sewers and Ladies of Kapunda sewing group. 

Thank you to the donors for making this possible. For the latest images on clothing allocated to the Project Hope Burma Charity Drive, please click here.

Machu Picchu Adventure Pictures

For a change I thought I would share a few pictures taken from my recent Machu Picchu adventure instead of dresses and/or pairs of shorts or undies (haha). Since we came back to Sydney, I havent seen any of the trekkers as most of them had to immediately go back to work so we still have not exchanged pictures yet. It was my brother and my niece who did a lot of picture taking.

Anyway, here are a few magical images at the border of the Inca Trail. The 6 brave members of the Sun clan who chose to hike to get to Machu Picchu. On Day 4, we met with the rest of the members of the group at Machu Picchu. These are the ones who took the train like my sister and his son who could no longer get a ticket to the hike since tickets were no longer available since Feb and we bought our tickets in January.
A pose at the entry of the Inka trail Km 82 -
While waiting for our passes to be approved to enter the bridge -
This is the Inca Bridge. The start of the uphill climb which you see on the left side. We climbed as high as 4,200m. And once we made it, the porters were there to clap their hands of our achievements. Once you crossed this bridge there is no turning back. 
This is the view from the bridge. On the right side is the train track if you are taking the train which is about 3 hours ride to the Machu Picchu train station and another half-an hour ride by bus to get to the archaeological sites. 
Another magical view from the starting point of the Inca Hike.
One of the highlights of the Inca Trail Hike are the porters who carry duffel bags weighing at least 25 kilos of personal belongings, food etc to make the hikers comfortable when they reached their base camps at night. You cant help but show your appreciation and respect at what they can do.
This is the picture of me and my sister with the porters who were assigned by the guide on Day 3 to help us balance ourselves on the uphill and downhill paths especially on the very rocky areas and in paths where only one person can walk and if you look down it was quite scary. There are supposed to be 4 of them but one seems to be missing from the picture. Or was it him taking the picture? hahah! The porters were very nice and used to helping people. the only thing is that you have to remind them not to walk fast or run as it was quite difficult to catch up with their pace. I had to use whatever Spanish I could muster from my brain so we could understand each other. Whenever we reach a spot, the porters would clap their hands that we made it. was so funny. They were always ahead of us to make sure that we were comfortable when we get to the lunch site or camp site. There were 6 of us trekking and we had 1 guide, 2 chefs and 11 porters.
The Peruvian kid I adopted before I flew back to Sydney - Her name is Nusta Amaru Allcca, born in Quechua Cusco on April 11, 2008. Nusta means princess.
also with a load on her back

I hope to be able to share more pictures on this site of our adventure. On the 15th of August is my Dad's 7th death anniversary. We will be having a family gathering so by that time I would be able to collect more pictures to share.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

6 Pairs of Shorts tonight

I thought I would do something different tonight and this is what I ended up with. Six pairs of shorts. Two are completely finished while the other 4 will have their elastics done tomorrow. When the elastics are done, I will match them with the t-shirts sewn by Monika Osvald. The fabrics were donated by Kim Foster.
Also, here are the girls' undies I purchased last Sunday @$3.00 per pack - I think there are 36 of them but I have allocated 12pcs for the Project Hope Burma Drive specifically for the Pitaka Primary kids.
Now let us see what I will accomplished tomorrow.