A newspaper has written about what appears to be the self-expression and leadership programme project of Joanne Mejia, which is to auction used dresses to raise money for those affected by recent tsunamis and other disasters. Here is the article from the Moorabool Express Telegraph written in November.
Wardrobes raided to ease their plight
MELTON resident Joanne Mejia is trimming her wardrobe for a good cause and wants other women to do the same. The 26-year-old is behind a fund-raising event later this month dubbed Dresses with a Difference,
at which dresses will be auctioned off to raise money for countries directly affected by recent tsunamis, typhoons and floods.
Ms Mejia, a teacher at Roxburgh Homestead Primary School, was born in the Philippines. She is organising the event as part of a course at Landmark Education in South Melbourne. “Some of the dresses I’ve donated had been for weddings and others are casual ones I’ve never used before,” she said.
“Coming from a Third World country and one of the countries that have been hit by the disasters, I wanted to make a difference to these people’s lives.”
Ms Mejia hopes to raise more than $5000 from the event, to which 40 dresses have already been donated.
Already feeling guilty about all of that Spring Carnival Fashion that’s sitting around ready to be retired? Go on and give away your dresses to someone who needs them.