Pop-up boutique means all students can graduate in style
IN A bid to help students who are graduating but are struggling financially, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is setting up a purpose made pop-up boutique and is calling out for help.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Principal Meghan Rothery said the "dress drive” was about helping disadvantaged students have their fairytale graduation.
"Working for Australia's leading social justice law firm means supporting our Central Queensland community at the grass roots level,” Ms Rothery said.
"Assisting disadvantaged high school students to overcome financial barriers associated with attending their school formal is an initiative we are very proud to be driving.
"I know of cases where some students simply do not attend their graduation because of the costs involved with purchasing an outfit, accessories, hairdressing, make-up and all the other things that most students take for granted.
"Many of these disadvantaged students, through no fault of their own, have worked hard to stay in school to try to better their future and they deserve to attend their final celebration and enjoy the full graduation formal experience.
"We have partnered with a number of schools in Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Mount Morgan and through their Youth Support Co-ordinators, have identified a need for the service and students who could use a helping hand.
"We are calling on anyone that can assist by way of donations of formal gowns, accessories, such as jewellery, shoes, clutches and vouchers for hairdressing, make-up and photography.”
Maurice Blackburn will set up a shop within its offices for selected students to come along and choose their dresses with a full pamper experience, making the gift of the outfit a memorable experience.
Each student will have a private viewing appointment to select their outfit rather than opening the pop-up boutique for groups so that discretion and privacy are maintained at all times.
Ms Rothery said the team had been overwhelmed by the response from the community so far; not only people donating dresses and accessories, but local businesses gifting a variety of services including photography, make-up and chauffeur services for transport to the formal.
"We urge the community to get behind this initiative by donating formal attire and accessories and offering vouchers for services such as hairdressing, make-up or photography,” Ms Rothery said.
"We would also really appreciate receiving the donation of seamstress services for any alterations needed for the dresses.
"Making one small donation could mean enabling a student to attend a milestone occasion that otherwise might have been financially out of their reach. No one should miss out for that reason.”
Donations need to be delivered by September 30.
They can be delivered to Maurice Blackburn in Rockhampton (Level 6, 34 East Street) or The Capricorn Coast Mirror office in Normanby Street, Yeppoon.