Addressing a real need for girls

01:58, Mar 17 2014
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Lynda Heslin with a dress during a sewing bee for Dress A Girl Around The World.

Underprivileged girls around the world will benefit from the efforts of a group of Invercargill women who are giving up their time to sew girls' dresses.

The women have formed a branch of international organisation Dress A Girl Around The World, which is part of Hope 4 Women International.

Spokeswoman Karen Wilson said she started the southern group, the only one in the South Island, after stumbling across the organisation while searching the internet for dress patterns for her granddaughter.

The motto of Hope 4 Women International was "bringing hope and dignity to women" and by sewing dresses for girls in need, they were helping the next generation of women, Mrs Wilson said. The dresses provided more than just a physical comfort for the girls, they also provided security and the knowledge that someone was looking out for them, she said.

The Invercargill group has about eight members, with the women spending the day on Saturday sewing dresses.

"It's a small group but it's a growing group." The "sewing bee" had been in the pipeline since Christmas.


The finished garments would be sent to Australia before being distributed around the world. The group hoped to set up its own distribution system in New Zealand.

Others had also been generous, donating fabric and money to help the efforts.


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