Manlok’s volunteering efforts are impacting girls across the world

Manlok’s volunteering efforts are impacting girls across the world

Dedicating her afternoons after school and recruiting friends to join her, Manlok has been sewing dresses for girls around the world.

Manlok is a Year 11 student at Woodford House, who has been involved in the Service Award since s/he first began high school.

Her Materials teacher introduced her to the ‘Dress a Girl’ organisation: which “imagines a world where every girl owned at least one dress.”

What began as a class project soon became an ongoing volunteering project for Manlok, with her dedicating afternoons after school and recruiting friends to join her, sewing dresses for girls around the world. Dress A Girl recognises that many young girls around the world will never receive a gift – let alone own their very own dress. Since 2009, they’ve been on a mission to change that, and have gifted over one million dresses in that time.

Manlok has been a part of that effort; this year alone, she has sewed six dresses to be gifted overseas. In the process of seeking to help others, she has also improved her own sewing skills: learning new techniques and she’s recently added another style dress to her repertoire.

Volunteering for Dress A Girl has become a passion for Manlok: Whenever I finish one dress, I feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that one more girl will be able to have a dress to wear. The Service Award has given me the strength to do more and made me think about what I can do to help the community, not just in New Zealand but also people around the world.”

Thanks to Manlok’s efforts, six girls have now received their very own dress; brand-new and handmade with love. The care and aroha invested into each item is clear – sending the message to their recipients that someone else loves them enough to have made this dress especially for them.

Thank you Manlok for being a part of the Service Award – and for using your skills and volunteering to help others!

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