Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Dresses bound for Vanuatu | Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

JOANNE Warkill and Fran Luckey can't wait to see the look on a group of special Vanuatu girls' faces when they are presented with over 100 handmade dresses.  

The Rockhampton colleagues have joined forces to help the many children and families in need following the devastation of Cyclone Pam earlier this year.  

As part of the "Dress a Girl Around the World" campaign, Ms Luckey and her friends from around Australia made over 100 dresses from pillow cases to donate to students at the SamaSama Rainbow School in Vanuatu.  

Ms Warkill visited the school in December 2013 with a group of Australian South Sea Islanders from Rockhampton called the Australian Pikinini Canecutters to instil a sense of belonging and educate the group on their culture and history.  

While visiting, MsWarkill said the group, which consisted of 10 children and 10 adults, donated various items including school packs, ports and clothes. They also helped fund a new building at the school as the children were being taught in a chook pen.  

The Australian Pikinini Canecutters will travel to Vanuatu again next year and are still fundraising for their trip and to help the Vanuatu people.  

If anyone would like to donate funds for the cause, contactMsWarkillon 0408 164 207 or email joanne.warkill@esqld.  

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