Donate formal wear for drought relief appeal 2018

Valerie Brodin, Sui Watts and Jess Miller are receiving donations of formal dresses and men's wear at Big W until the end of September.
Valerie Brodin, Sui Watts and Jess Miller are receiving donations of formal dresses and men's wear at Big W until the end of September.

Valerie Brodin and Sui Watts are counting down the weeks to make a special donation to students in drought stricken areas, but they still need the support of the community in their campaign.

The duo, with the help of Big W Taree, are collecting formal dresses, suits and formal shirts to donate to students in rural areas who are struggling with the drought. 

“We have had seven dresses and one suit dropped off at Big W for the cause so far,” Valerie explained.

Sui Watts and Valerie Brodin are receiving donations of formal dresses and men's wear at Big W until the end of September.

Sui Watts and Valerie Brodin are receiving donations of formal dresses and men's wear at Big W until the end of September.

“We will be accepting donations until the end of September, and we really encourage everyone to get involved.”

Following the lead of a similar drive being conducted in Queensland, Valerie and Sui were excited to give back in their own way.

“We just thought it was a really good idea,” Valerie said. 

“I started off with my daughters, they were happy to get involved and donate their dresses. They are 27 and 30, so I’ve had two year 10 and two year 12 formal dresses just sitting in my cupboard for years.”

Anyone who is interested in donating items to the appeal is asked to bring good quality, clean items, preferably in a simple plastic garment bag to Big W at any time before the end of September, when Valerie and Sui will send the items out.​

People can donate formal dresses, dress shirts, suits and nice accessories.

Dry conditions to continue in spring

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its 2018 Spring Outlook which shows warmer and drier than average conditions are expected in the coming three months.