Cannington: angel gowns help ease pain


Work for the Dole supervisor Desiree Oorloff with Leanne Bockett, Michaela Griffin, Matthew Shepheard and Brad Chapman.
Work for the Dole supervisor Desiree Oorloff with Leanne Bockett, Michaela Griffin, Matthew Shepheard and Brad Chapman.

MICHAELA Griffin says handing her wedding dress to Communicare Work for the Dole participants is a way of “paying it forward”.

The dress with be cut up and sewn into tiny gowns for the Women’s and Infants Research Foundation in Subiaco.

‘Angel gowns’ will be passed on to bereaved parents, and hospital gowns made to dress premature babies.

Mrs Griffin married in August and said she knew before the wedding that she would donate the dress to be repurposed.

Her sister lost twins several years ago due to ectopic pregnancies and Mrs Griffin also had friends who delivered prematurely.

She said that experience of feeling helpless in those overwhelming situations motivated her to find a way to pay it forward.

Mrs Griffin is an area manager with Goodstart Early Learning, based in East Victoria Park, where another colleague was inspired to donate her dress.

A third wedding dress was sent up from a centre in Dunsborough for donation.

The centres under the management of Mrs Griffiths, including Alfred Cove, gave bags of fabric for Communicare’s textile section to be made into baby blankets and other items.

The dresses and fabrics were handed to Communicare last Wednesday.

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