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Dress A Girl Around The World

Imagine a world where every girl owned at least one new dress. This is the vision for the ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ project. Woodford House students and staff have been busy creating dresses for this worthy cause this year.


In Term 1 2018, Hawke’s Bay Materials Technology teachers met and made a plan to support the Dress a Girl Around the World project. At Woodford House, most of the dresses were made by students and staff, as an extra-curricular activity with some students able to create dresses as part of the curriculum.

Year 9 student, Amanat Kumar works on a pocket design.

Year 9 student, Man Lok Tsang sews her dress.

Year 10 students, Georgia Russell and Georgia Niblett holding finished dresses.

Head of Technology at Woodford House, Mrs Pam Knight has committed many hours to the Dress a Girl project and has motivated students and staff to successfully reach the goal of completing 100 dresses over the year. The dresses were blessed by Reverend Deborah Wilson during Chapel on Friday 23 November.

The dresses are blessed in Chapel.

Mrs Knight says, “I have loved being part of this initiative and have seen some students who have never used a sewing machine before, really blossom and become very adept and independent, coming in weekly to finish and start another dress. I would like to continue this next year and possibly look at dressing boys, although we have a lot of lovely dress materials left for more dresses.”

A final count will be made next week when the lovely garments are boxed up ready to send to the New Zealand Dress a Girl ambassador, Karen Wilson. As an international ambassodor, Karen talks about how she became involved in the project on the Dress a Girl website:

“My name is Karen Wilson and I was born and bred in Invercargill, the southern most city of New Zealand. One day I was web searching for a pattern for a cute dress to sew for my granddaughters. I stumbled across the Dress A Girl website and I was instantly interested. Fast forward two years and we have donated over 600 dresses for this fabulous cause. We are a small but growing group here in New Zealand. I try to donate these dresses to areas close to us but we have donated to the following: Fiji (Homes of Hope), Uganda (Fountain of Peace Foundation), Brazil (Street Children), Cambodia (Street Children), Vanuatu, Vietnam (Christina Noble Foundation) and Operation Christmas Box.”