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This year, following on from our focus on plastic pollution, the Upper School St. George’s Eco Group, will be taking a wider stance on environmental issues. We have lots of exciting projects and initiatives planned (so watch this space!) on fast fashion, biodiversity, and green spaces.
But, for just now, what we really want to tell you about is our latest initiative – which we just launched. To help combat fast fashion – as well as donate to a good cause – the Eco Group have launched an appeal for the Scottish charity, Smalls for All. Smalls for All collects and distributes underwear to help adults and children living in Africa and the UK. In Africa, to help those living in orphanages, slums, IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps, and schools, as well as those in hospitals suffering from - often stigmatised - medical conditions like obstetric fistula. In the UK, they help charities focus on alleviating poverty, for example, uniform banks and charities supporting the homeless by proving them with underwear.
So, what are we asking of you? Well, we will be putting a collection box, in the crush hall, where you can donate new underwear and gently worn (e.g. not completely falling to bits!) bras. We know that almost every woman has a bra – somewhere in their drawers – that just doesn’t quite fit right. Maybe you have grown out of it. Or maybe you just don’t like the pattern. Well, instead of throwing it away we encourage you to donate it to Smalls for All. This is also a really great (or pantastic – if you will) way to combat fast fashion - or even just clear out your drawers - by donating your unwanted bras. By having access to a bra many women feel able and empowered to exercise comfortably. And, for women, with larger breasts, a bra, providing full breast support is, often, not just a luxury, but, a basic medical necessity, to help relieve chronic back pain. Having underwear may seem like a small thing, but it can make a life-changing difference, for example, having pants can enable teenage girls to complete their education – without having to miss school each month due to their period.
Smalls for All accept donations of new pants of all sizes, styles, and colours, however, those most in need are ladies size 8-14 (which are plain black and either full brief, midi, mini or high leg (in smaller sizes), children aged 3-15 or men size XS-L. However, to make donating even easier Smalls for All have set up an Amazon Wishlist with exactly what they are after at this link. As for bras, Smalls for All accept new or gently worn (laundered) bras which can be any size including sports and nursing bras but not teen/cropped-top style or bikini tops. By ‘gently worn’ Smalls for All mean bras that are in good condition and still have a fair bit of wear left in them.
Also, if you do not have any bras to donate yourself please do consider asking your mums, older sisters, or friends! They will probably jump at any chance to get rid of unwanted stuff! And, finally, as always, we thank you for your generous donations – they will be going to a good cause and make a genuine difference.
NOTE: with regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: all donations will be quarantined for 72 hours - as per Government guidelines - as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of COVID-19.