Friday, 21 November 2014

Feedback on parcels sent to Peru, India, Philippines and Papua New Guinea

Feedback on follow-up emails sent earlier today to Peru, India and Papua New Guinea. Peru and Papua New Guinea parcels has not arrived yet. Will need to send an enquiry to Australia Postoffice on Monday regarding Peru. India parcels to Andhra Pradesh(Mercy & Grace Charity) has been received. 
For a larger and more readable version of the image above, please click here.

Still no feedback on parcel sent to New Delhi India (Sunshine Project).

Received message about parcels sent to the Philippines last Sunday for Bo Divisoria Enrile Cagayan Philippines (Parcel 2 for Christmas distribution) has been delivered yesterday, 20-Nov-2014
For a larger and more readable version of the image above, please click here.

Dress Distribution #81 - Dresses for the children of Sariaya Quezon Philippines c-o Edna Albufera

These two parcels are for the children of the province of Sariaya Quezon Philippines about 2 hours away from Metro Manila (about 130kms) c-o Edna Albufera. One box contains the 40 Christmas bags for toddlers that I made about a month ago (reference article dated 9-Nov-2014) and the other box for older children between the ages of 5 to 10 with 37 dresses, 22 pairs of t-shirts and shorts and school supplies.
Here are the parcels -
and here are the contents of the second parcel - (first parcel referenced article dated 9-Nov-2014)
and the school supplies for a few kiddies who attends Sunday school -
made possible by the following donors -
A. School Supplies -
1) Maureen O'Brien
2) Monika Osvald
3) Dress A Girl Australia

B. Dresses and Shorts -
1) Toni Kirkpatrick and Cherrie Dot
2) Sharyn Paull
3) Two Bettys' Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
4) T-shirts by Sharyn Cafee, Marlene van Zetten and Dress A Girl Australia
5) Soft Toys by Vanya Bryant, Monika Osvald and Dress A Girl Australia
6) Fabric materials donated by Sash Hinton, Children's Cancer Foundation Opshop of Katoomba, Jenni Kirillov (from her mum's stash), Joan Lui, Kim Foster, Linda Smyth and Millhouse Collections and sewn by Dress A Girl Australia
7) Hair accessories by the Two Bettys' Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
8) Dress A Girl Australia

To see larger images of the contents of Parcel #1, please click here and for Parcel #2, please click here. For more details on this distribution (and also at a later stage when feedback is received), please click here or click on the special 'Dress Distribution' tab which you can find at the top of this page.

These parcels are scheduled for pickup and start of its journey on Sunday, 23rd of November. Thank you to all the donors who made this distribution possible. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated especially at Christmas time. Thank you.

Dress for today - 21-Nov-2014

Since Tuesday I have not been sewing a dress nor a pair of shorts as I was focusing on my fabric trees, houses and dress creations which can be used as a Christmas ornament (especially that we are less than 10 days away before the 1st day of December). I finished my packing of the first two of six parcels of dresses and christmas bags which I am scheduling for pickup on Sunday and was having a rest when I suddenly felt that something was not right with one of the boxes....and it was already sealed. I tried to ignore what I was thinking and in the end I opened the box again and I was right. It was missing one dress...another miscounting (when all I do is count and I still make mistakes....more mistakes in fact! LOL!). 

Not knowing where to get an extra dress as other plastic bags contained what was written on top of it, I decided to make a dress this morning to make up for the missing one. It would be heartbreaking if there were 40 girls in the room and only 39 received new dresses and on a Christmas day. So here is the dress I made with fabric material donated by Linda Smyth - (am glad I have ready fabric materials, elastics and bias tapes to use anytime I want)
This dress will be included in the distribution to be made in the remote province of Sariaya Quezon Philippines sometime during the Christmas week by Edna Lisa Albufera and friends. Also to be included in their distributions will be a few colour pencils, exercise books, a couple of children's books and mini magic slates.

Now I can put my feet up and really feel comfortable having a rest.

Thank you !

There will be less and less postings on this page as the end of the year is fast approaching. Last 6 parcels for the last location(Philippines) will all be sent by the first week of December. Two more parcels to be sent this coming Sunday. Year 2015 plans will be published in two weeks time. This year has been very challenging especially towards the end of the year when I practically run out of money to spend for postage. My heartfelt thank you to all those who helped and provided financial assistance to support this wonderful cause and to everyone who bought items from my shop. Your support has helped raised funds that allowed me to distribute almost 650 dresses, 120 pairs of shorts/matching t-shirts and 107 Christmas bags for little kids and orphans this Christmas (each bag complete with a dress or a t-shirt/shorts set, undie and a small toy) and 6 dresses for pregnant women including 3 onesies for babies who will be born before Christmas). What a way to share the spirit of Christmas, love, happiness, hope to disadvantaged children around the world. Thank you so much. Your time, money and efforts will not be forgotten. Thank you.

Soft Toys for the Christmas Bags

Except for a few dresses, most of the christmas bags are packed but noticed during the packing that some bags were missing small toys (as most bags/donations came with toys or had been provided with one from previous donations). Since I had earned another flybuy points which when converted was equivalent to $10.00 and with a few dollars more from my pocket, I bought the following items to add to the Christmas bags -
The toys were added to the Christmas bags for the Morales Compound kids and the shirts were added to the kids of Sariaya Quezon. Both locations are in the Philippines. Hopefully, these toys will make the kids more happy this Christmas.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

New Dress A Girl Australia Christmas card on Sale for fundraising

Finally I have thought of another Dress A Girl Australia christmas card and this time with an image of a dress that we make to provide dresses for disadvantaged children around the world to give and share them love, happiness and hope especially this Christmas.
Dresses on the cards could be different on any of the cards from what is shown above as dresses on the cards are made of actual fabric from fabric scraps and/or remnants from dresses made so they could be any fabric. Left inside panel has the image of Dress A Girl Australia's 'i-dress' verb and the right side panel is blank for personalized message. Comes with a matching white envelope for easy gift-giving and/or mailing.
Regular price of card is $2.50. This Christmas the cards are on sale at $2.00 per card plus actual postage cost of $.70 which is included in the selling price.

For a pack of 10, regular pack sells for $25.00. This Christmas, the pack of 10 are on sale at $15.00 per pack plus actual postage cost of $3.50.

To purchase a single card, please click here. To purchase a pack of 10, please click here.

Please check them out and if you like them please make a purchase. Proceeds of $2.70 (less stamp of 70 cents) can pay for the cost of sending one dress anywhere in the world. Thank you and please help spread the word around.

Parcel pickups and friendly reminder

Parcel pickups from the postoffice yesterday were from Heather Harris, Elizabeth Shoebridge and 12-year old Kylie Shepherd who made the dresses in the box every Wednesday for two terms and had a great time. Thank you Ladies and thank you Kylie.

Also, a friendly reminder to those who have committed to donating dresses. The end of November is fast approaching. Please make sure that your dresses are posted on or before the end of the month to make it to my postal box by the 1st of December. As you may be aware I do not get the chance to go to the postoffice everyday so if you want your dresses to be included in the last parcel of the year to be sent by the 6th of December, please take note of the deadline. Thank you.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dresses for Today - 17 & 18-Nov-2014

When you are so used to being busy and suddenly you have nothing to do (especially in my case where my nights are spent doing tasks for Dress A Girl Australia) you start to ask 'what is happening?' 'What is happening to the world?'. 'Why am I not busy?'. LOL! The past few days all I have been doing aside from handmaking things to sell is wait for the dresses that have been committed to arrive so I can finish my sorting and packing. So I dont forget about Dress A Girl, I spare some time sewing dresses or pairs of shorts and here are the dresses I finished on the 17th (1x) and last night (4x).
When I am done with my sorting and packing for the year by the end of this month, I will be focusing on handmaking things to sell to continue my campaign for the Dress A Girl Australia well which I have neglected because the money I raised for this I have used to pay for the postage of dresses so it is time I go back and raise money for the well. 

In order to keep this blog and my facebook page alive (until such time that I will go back to dresses which is sometime in March or April, December and January are my rest months both in collecting, sorting and spending money for postage and in February I will be travelling to the US for a holiday) I will be posting dresses and shorts that I will be sewing in preparation for next year's plans and handmade things that I also have made to sell.

I am not giving up on my campaign for a well and this is one of the reasons why I am putting a limit on the number of dresses that can be donated and strictly followed starting next year. Re-allocation of funds will not be in my dictionary this time until such time that I have completely raised the money to build a well. If you want to know more about my 'Dress A Girl Australia' well campaign, please click here. If you want to help and provide hope and clean water for the people of Kalagi Uganda, please click here to make a donation. 

Don't forget that 'giving tuesday' is fast approaching. It will be on the 2nd of December when people all over the world try to help one another. This might be a good time to think if you want to help and donate to the "Dress A Girl Australia" well for the people of Kalagi Uganda. To make a donation, please click here.


Monday, 17 November 2014

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#167 - from Marvie L

Delivered and received last Sunday was a parcel of 2 dresses, 3 pairs of matching t-shirts and shorts and 15 boxes of colouring pencils for the Education without borders project from Marvie Ladera.
Here are the dresses and matching t-shirts/shorts set to be included in the parcels for the kiddies of Sariaya Quezon Philippines -
and the 15 boxes of colouring pencils (School Supplies Donation #13) for the 2015 Education without Borders project for the streetkids of Metro Manila.
To Marvie, your kindness and generosity is very much appreciated. Thank you.

7 pairs of shorts for 16-Nov-2014

Sunday night (always do my sewing in the evening) was a night of pairs of shorts and I finished seven pairs.
All these pairs will be matched with boys' undies and added to the parcel for the kiddies of Sariaya Quezon Philippines. The Philippines is the only location left in this world where parcels for distribution are still in progress of packing and sending.

Feedback on parcels for Liwan Enrile Cagayan Philippines

Received message that parcels sent for Liwan, Enrile Cagayan c-o Norie Bordador last 02-Nov-2014 has been received and volunteers for distribution have been contacted to schedule distribution.

Feedback on Parcels for Lanao Philippines

Received message that parcels sent to CDO Philippines last 09-Nov-2014 for distribution in Lanao Phils about 3 hours away from CDO by land has arrived and scheduled for distribution in early December.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Fundraising - Please help spread the word around!!!!

Please help spread the word around. For those who have not started their Christmas shopping yet, you may want to think about the items in my shops. They are all being sold to raise money and help disadvantaged children around the world. What better way to celebrate the season of giving by sharing it with these kids !!
I know a lot of you are handmakers but it would be great if you could also help spread the word about these handmade items to your friends and ask them to buy handmades and support small businesses especially those that make and sell to help disadvantaged kids around the world. It will be greatly appreciated.

All prices of items in my Dress A Girl Australia shop have been reduced for a desperate attempt to raise money for postage for more dresses to be distributed this Christmas. Click on the links below to view and if there is anything you like please make a purchase. -
          
More items are being added everyday so please drop by as often as you can especially before Christmas. Thank you.

Another two boxes on its way

Am getting bankrupt in my postage funds but seeing documents like this makes me think that even if I am running out of cash I am more lucky than where these dresses are going. Another two parcels starting its journey today for 145 kids to enjoy their christmas.

Deadline of dresses for Christmas distribution

Good Morning everyone! We are barely two weeks away from the deadline of dresses for Christmas Distribution. For those who sent emails of intent to donate dresses, please post them as soon as they are done or ready to make it to my postal box by the 1st of Dec, I, also have a cut-off date to meet in order for those dresses to be delivered. Thank you.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Dresses for today - 15-Nov-2014

The whole afternoon was spent sleeping which I have not done for a while so in order to make myself tired and be able to sleep tonight, I made 3 dresses and 2 pairs of shorts for my sewing marathon. Fabrics were donated by the Millhouse Collections and Jenni Kirillov from her mum's fabric stash.
Thank you to the Millhouse Collections and Jenni Kirillov for the fabrics that made these dresses and pairs of shorts possible. Much appreciated.

Dress Distribution #79 - Christmas Distribution Parcel 1D - Philippines - c/o Norie Bordador

This is parcel #2 of 2 for distribution #79 in the remote province of Bo Divisoria Enrile Cagayan, Philippines  (c-o Norie Bordador) as mentioned in my earlier article of parcel #1 Christmas distribution(Link to Parcel #1 article). This parcel holds 75 dresses for 75 girls to own new dresses this Christmas. Some dresses comes with undies and some were provided with one whenever a size was available.
Here is the parcel -
and here are the contents of the parcel -
made possible by the following donors -
1) Mel Elevato and Nat Lorigan
2) Linda Smyth
3) Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
4) Monika Osvald
5) Susan Harris
6) Megan Jones
7) Lyn Granger
8) Lynn Stupple
9) Dress A Girl Australia

To see larger images of the contents of this parcel, please click here. For more details on this distribution (and also at a later stage when feedback is received), please click here or click on the special 'Dress Distribution' tab which you can find at the top of this page.

The 2 parcels will be picked up tomorrow and will start its journey on Tuesday,18th of December to Enrile Cagayan in the Philippines. My heartfelt thank you to all the donors who made this distribution possible. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated. Thank you.

More items to sell for fundraising - Candlemaking Supplies and Moulds

If you know of anyone who likes candlemaking and/or looking for great items to give this Christmas, I am selling some of my candle moulds and candle supplies to raise more money for postage. Looks like I have no more things to sell (LOL!)  but have more dresses to distribute. All these items are available for purchase in my on-line shop and also in ebay. These items are all very new and are spare items. I keep them just in case I need them in my candlemaking but looks like I need cash these days to make a lot of children happy this Christmas.
To view and purchase them from my on-line shop, please click on the image above or click here.
To purchase them from my ebay postings - please click on the actual item being sold or copy and paste on your web browser the URL address right next to it -

1) Candle-making - Square votive mould 
or copy and paste - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/191411461991?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1586.l2649

2) Candle-making - Octagonal votive mould
or copy and paste - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/191411467507?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1586.l2649

3) Candle-making - Polyurethane 15-tealight mould -
or copy and paste - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/191411467507?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1586.l2649

4) Candle-making - Wick stickums
or copy and paste - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/191411598202?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1586.l2649

5) Candle-making - Wax break-away clamshell 
or copy and paste - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/191411598202?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1586.l2649

All proceeds go to a very worthwhile cause. Please help spread the word around. Thank you.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#163 to #166 - From Megan J., Sharyn P., Lyn G and the two bettys

Donation acknowledgement for the 4 parcels I picked up from the postoffice yesterday. A total of 23 dresses, 12 pairs of shorts for the boys, 18 school bags for the Education without Borders project and two cushions donated to sell from Megan Jones, Sharyn Paull, Lyn Granger and the two Bettys' Betty Barrett and Betty Paull. Here they are -
1) Donation #163 is a parcel of 10 dresses and 4 packs of undies from Megan Jones -
2) Donation #164 is a parcel of 5 dresses from Lyn Granger -
3) Donation #165 is a parcel of 7 dresses from Sharyn Paull -
4) Donation #166 is a parcel of 12 pairs of shorts, 1 dress and two cushion covers from the two Bettys' Betty Barrett and Betty Paull. The two cushion covers will be sold to raise money for postage -
and 18 school bags (School Supplies Donation #12)  for the 2015 "Education without Borders" project scheduled for distribution in April-May timeframe. 
All that I have collected including pencils, exercise books and other school related stuff will be donated to the street kids of Metro Manila education project of Child Hope Asia Phils and another school in Sariaya, Quezon which am trying to coordinate at this stage.  A formal poster will be published soon hoping that I would be able to collect more in time for the new schoolyear opening in June 2015.

Thank you to Megan, Lyn, Sharyn, Betty and Betty for the wonderful donations. Your kindness and generosity are very well appreciated. Thank you so much.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Dresses for today - 13-Nov-2014

For today, with fabric material donated by Joan Lui I was able to make three dresses for Christmas distribution.
With these 3 dresses, as of today, since I started the sewing marathon last month, total count is 85 dresses and 21 pairs of shorts. Not bad inspite of the days where I was not sewing anything at all. Hopefully my mojo will remain in the next few weeks or at least until the end of November.

Quilting Books for Sale

This week I received two quilting books from Marlene Van Zetten to sell to raise money for postage. True to their titles, they are two timeless and classic books on quilting regardless of whether you are a novice or an expert. Both books are a treasure to keep and knowing that the proceeds from the sale of both books is going to help dress a girl from a disadvantaged location anywhere in the world, it is going to be more meaningful to give this Christmas to your mum, sister, aunt and/or grandmum or friends who are into quilting for Christmas is a time for sharing and giving.
Please check them out by clicking on the image - selling price includes actual postage cost of $13.50. Both books sell for $24.95 at regular bookshops or online shops.

1) Classic Quilts - sells for $28.35 including the actual postage cost of $13.50.
2) Timeless Quilts - sells for $28.45 including the actual postage cost of $13.50
Thank you to Marlene for donating these books. 

Please check out these books and help spread the word about this fundraising activity. Proceeds goes to a very worthwhile cause. Thank you.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Dresses for Today - 12-Nov-2014

Am back to sewing after another week of hiatus. Today, I  made 5 dresses and 1 pair of shorts from fabrics donated by Sash Hinton, Kim Foster, Childrens cancer foundation opshop Katoomba and Jenni Kirillov (from her mum's stash) and t-shirts by Dress A Girl Australia.
All of the above will be allocated to older children aged between 6 to 10 in the remote location of Sariaya Quezon Philippines which I have decided to add to the parcel today (in addition to the 40 Christmas bags for toddlers).

Thank you to the fabric donors for making these dresses possible.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#162 from Toni K and Cherrie D

From today until the end of November I will be acknowledging donations as received. This will facilitate the quick sorting and packing of dresses for Christmas distribution for the last location to be allocated which is the Philippines. 

Donation #162 is a parcel of 12 dresses from Toni Kirkpatrick and her friend Cherrie Dot. This will all be allocated to the Christmas parcel for the Philippines specifically for the children of Sariaya, Quezon Philippines, a new allocation which I added today. These dresses will be in addition to the 40 Christmas Bags for Toddlers.
To Toni and Cherrie, thank you so much for the dresses. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is much appreciated.

Parcel Updates : Parcels Sent

Two parcels have started their journeys. One to New Delhi India and another to Mt Hagen Papua New Guinea. The India parcel (for the Sunshine Project in New Delhi) was sent yesterday -
and the Papua New Guinea parcel (for the BFO - Aunty Rosa's Orphanage Care Centre was sent today -
Last Sunday, the parcel for Lanao, Philippines via CDO was also sent -
All these parcels were packed with dresses and pairs of shorts, t-shirts and other accessories for Christmas Distribution. Watch out for more in the next few weeks.

Distribution plans for 2015

Hi everyone! In response to many enquiries about dress collections, next year's plans will be published in early Feb or March 2015. After this Christmas distribution is completed, I will be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Dress A Girl Australia's activities will be very minimal (except probably on the Dress A Girl well as I will not be lifting parcels for the Dress A Girl Australia well campaign). My back needs a complete rest that is why I am pushing for all the parcels to be completed by the end of this month. Any plans for next year will be published on this page and in my blog. Thank you.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Dress Distribution #79 - Christmas Distribution Parcel 1C - Philippines - c/o Norie Bordador

This is by far the largest distribution in quantity for boys' pair of shorts and matching t-shirts. These clothing items will be sent to Norie Bordador and distributed in the remote province of Bo Divisoria, Enrile Cagayan by her and a group of missionaries and volunteers. Enrile is about six or seven hours away from Metro Manila.
Here is the parcel -
and the contents of the parcel of 70 pairs of shorts with 36 matched with t-shirts. Of these 36 sets, 7 are for girls and 29 for the boys. The pairs of shorts that do not have matching t-shirts have been provided with undies (boys) where size is available and for the girls with hair and dress accessories  -
made possible by the following donors -
1) Sharyn Cafee
2) Annette Norley
3) Lyn Granger
4) Vanya Bryant
5) Heather Harris
6) Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
7) Eliza Leahy
8) Sarah Tanmahapran
9) Craft and Hope and the Ladies of Kapunda Sewing group
10) Catherine Jenkins
11) Dress A Girl Australia
12) Girls' hair accessories by Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
13) Girls' dress accessories by Tiggi and Mimi Temam
14) T-shirts by Kay Innes, Sharyn Cafee, Heather Capell, Catherine Jenkins, Marlene Van Zetten and Dress A Girl Australia.

To see larger images of the contents of this parcel, please click here. For more details on this distribution (and also at a later stage when feedback is received), please click here or click on the special 'Dress Distribution' tab which you can find at the top of this page.

This parcel will start its journey once the second parcel of dresses for the girls is sorted and packed. Thank you to all the donors who made this distribution possible. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated. Thank you.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#159 & #161 - From Susan H, Lynne S and Marlene Z.

This is the second batch of donations for the month of November for Christmas distributions. Three parcels of dresses, t-shirts and 2 books on quilting to sell for postage raising from Susan Harris, Lynne Stupple and Marlene Van Zetten  for a total of 17 dresses and 10 -tshirts.
1) Donation #159 is a parcel of 5 dresses from Susan Harris who had a great time making these dresses -
2) Donation #160 is a parcel of 12 dresses with undies and hair accessories from Lynne Stupple -
3) Donation #161 is a parcel of 10 t-shirts and 2 quilting books from Marlene Van Zetten. The 2 quilting books will be sold to help raise money for postage.
My heartfelt thank you to Susan, Lynne and Marlene for the dresses and the quilting books. Thank you for your support of this campaign. Your kindness and generosity are so much appreciated. Thank you.

Appreciation Gifts

These bags will be wrapped and given to a few volunteers who made dress distributions possible, donated their time, money and effort in providing dresses in the remote areas of the Philippines. Without them, distributions for Dress A Girl Australia would'nt have been that far and wide. 
Thank you to my sister Joan Wolf for donating these beautiful handmade 'heyboom' bags. Much appreciated.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Project Hope Burma

Ruth from the Croydon Hills Baptist Church is a Karen lady who is learning to sew. She and some friends made these dresses for the Hope Project and was included in the original allocations shipped to Burma last month. Thank you Ruth and friends.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Dress Distribution #80 - Christmas Bags 2014 Parcel#1 for Toddlers

These christmas bags of a dress, undie, pair of socks and soft toy for 40 toddlers  aged between 1 and 2 or possibly even 3 yrs old are going to be sent to a Barangay(community) in Sariaya Quezon in the Philippines about 2 hours away from Manila (about 130kms away) c-o Edna Albufera who will make the distribution on Christmas day to the lucky toddlers. Here is the parcel -
containing these 40 christmas bags -
and the dresses inside the christmas bags -
made possible by the following donors -
1) Lorraine Brown and group for the dresses
2) Vanya Bryant and Monika Osvald for the soft toys
3) Dress A Girl Australia for the undies and the pairs of socks


To see larger images of the contents of this parcel, please click here. For more details on this distribution (and also at a later stage when feedback is received), please click here or click on the special 'Dress Distribution' tab which you can find at the top of this page.

This parcel will start its journey once I have confirmed the right address to send this parcel to as I am trying to save on the cost(at least $50.00) of sending this box. Thank you to all the donors who made this distribution possible. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated. Thank you.