News: Alexia Donates dresses to charity to help girls in South Africa celebrate their Graduation. (Nov/27)
‘Their Hope Our Hands’, a Mirfield based charity, has kindly set up a campaign to encourage people to donate their old dresses to underprivileged students in South Africa. The charity wants to enable the girls to celebrate their Matriculation Ceremony in style and have something special to look forward to. Here at the Alexia HQ we have been extremely keen to get involved, so we have donated a collection of dresses and the office staff are also raiding their own wardrobes to donate their old garments to the students.
In the UK proms are a multi-million pound industry and grow year on year however the young girls in Limpopo, South Africa believe that a prom would sadly never be an option for them with one girl saying;
"such things simply do not and cannot happen in a rural school in Limpopo."
The charity aims to prove them wrong and give the hard working children something to look forward to.
Alexia stockist, Sallyanne at ‘Ever After Bridal Wear’ in Batley, has kindly donated her old dresses to the charity and brought this to our attention. Sallyanne stated:
“Many of the girls parents can’t afford to buy their daughters wonderful ball gowns, but we want to make them feel like Cinderella for a night. I have lots of old dresses which will never get worn as they are too old fashioned for the girls here, so it is nice to see that they will be used for a good cause. Adrian working for the charity calls me the fairy god mother.”
‘Their Hope Our Hands’ was originally set up to help give unfortunate children in rural countries the gift of learning. They send the children stationary and other learning materials to enhance their life opportunities. Some of the children have lots of aspiration but don’t have the facilities to release their potential. Many of the children work so hard and have ambitions to become doctors, but they don’t get to have a prom to celebrate their hard work like we do in the UK, so the charity want to make it happen and prove that “some dreams do come true.”