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December 1, 2021

Fashion students need help for study tour of India

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A fashion photo shoot of some of the work by fashion design diploma students at Wollongbar TAFE. Photo supplied

Earlier this year, the fashion department at Wollongbar TAFE successfully applied for a grant to partially fund a trip for students to visit textile manufacturing centres in India. The major focus of this trip is to investigate ethical textile and garment manufacturing.

This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students and we are currently raising the additional funds required to make it a reality.

To this end, we are having Bollywood Night fundraising event at the YAC in Byron Bay, on Sunday, 7 September (cost $15) and invite the community to share in the fun while supporting the students, the women of India and the growth of our local fashion industry.

A study tour has been customised for our students, which will provide an opportunity to gain additional skills, knowledge and hands-on experience in an active learning environment, therefore increasing their employment opportunities.

During the tour, students will also be working with the Sambhali Trust, an organisation which provides underprivileged Rajasthani girls and women with an education in English, Hindi and mathematics, as well as training in vocational and social skills.

The trust helps these women break their cycle of poverty and financial dependence, by teaching them valuable practical skills. We are running a raffle to raise money to support them and our aim is to raise enough to donate livestock, to help them start a dairy business.

Come along for a creative evening. Bring a cushion and help support our students,

Jade Cameron, part-time fashion teacher, Wollongbar NCIT

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