Fri, January 17, 2020

Once again staff and students, including recent graduates, have done the rest of the College proud by pulling together to support those that need it most. 

Mrs Michelle Olufson, Sheldon College Fashion and Costume Design teacher, opened her home to Year 11 student, Kaela Lowry, Year 12 students Elosie Harder and Ella Monteret and recent graduates Jithya Fernando and Rachel Howse. They were determined to sew and create a staggering number of pouches to be used by wildlife carers following the catastrophic devastation caused by the nation’s treacherous fires. 

Thanks to the confidence and skills that the girls possess as a result of participating in the College’s ASTA Professionals Fashion and Costume Design Program, Michelle and her five hardworking companions were able to create more than 100 pouches. These pouches consisted of 10 different designs and sizes, each with multiple inserts to ensure their suitability for a range of different types of wildlife.

“I knew that I would be able to help in some way and I was sure that I knew some young ladies who would be willing to help as well,” said Mrs Michelle Olufson. 

“Within minutes of asking some of the College’s students for help, they were on board.” 

Michelle and the students are also incredibly appreciative of the generous donations that they received from community members by way of material and other sewing supplies needed in order to make these pouches.

 “Every day I had people show up on my doorstep to donate fabric.” 

“I was definitely overwhelmed with the response that we received.” 

Each of the pouches made were done so with love and laughter and are in the process of being donated to a hub of wildlife carers.

 Four of the five students involved with this initiative were the same four who came second in the QUT Creative Studios Competition in late 2019. 

The College would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs Michelle Olufson and the students involved in this thoughtful initiative. Each of you are forever demonstrating your commitment to the mantra ‘a little help really does go a long way’.