Sisterhood helping drought kids dress up
TWO sisters with a passion to keep the sisterhood alive and help those affected by drought are on a mission.
Tashoni Hardy and Anita Guyett are the brains behind the overnight sensation Dresses for the Drought, a campaign to help provide beautiful dresses and suits to young Australians in drought-affected areas.
Dresses for the Drought was officially launched last Thursday evening and has since caught the eye of thousands of people wanting to lend a helping hand to children in rural NSW and Queensland.
"Dresses for the Drought has just gone out of control and we have had about 73,000 engagements on our Facebook page, as well as had plenty of people contact us with make-up, accessories and offering their services and anything they can do to help,” Tashoni said.
The idea of Dresses for the Drought is to take the burden of cost away from parents having to worry about buying a suit or dress for their child's end of year celebration or special event.
"One of our friends was telling us they couldn't afford to send their kids to the end of year celebrations and they barely had enough money to put food on the table let alone contemplate buying a new dress or suit for their children,” Tashoni explained.
"Coming from the bush and then going into the city and working as an international flight attendant for Qantas, the accessibility I have to clothes is endless.
"I think we can all agree we all have loads of dresses and suits that we haven't touched for years that can be passed on.”
The sisters have now collaborated with Drought Angels to help get in contact with families who may need a helping hand.
"Anyone who wants to get in touch with us, we are available and all customers are guaranteed to have full confidentiality,” Tashoni said.
Tashoni and Anita, two of five sisters originally from west of Mackay, grew up knowing the struggles farmers faced.
"We are just trying to do our bit because these are the people who put the food on our tables and the way I was brought up was that you always give back to your community.
"You never know when we might need their help in the future, so I encourage everyone to get on board and support the cause,” Tashoni said.