REPURPOSED school jumpers have been donated to the Bendigo Winter Night Shelter.
Families gave the old Girton Grammar School uniforms to Sister Works - a non-profit social enterprise - to re-purpose the garments and donate them to people in need. Sister Works has previously donated old uniforms to people in the Philippines.
Sister Works hub leader Ginny Tan said the uniforms would have ended up as rubbish if they weren't donated. Any jumpers that can't be saved will be made into bedding for animal shelters.
"If you look at where the uniforms would have ended up - in landfill - they are now getting a second lease on life," she said. "They go to keep somebody warm."
Girton parent Kate Mahoney said about 40 jumpers were donated to the winter shelter.
"They are beautiful woollen jumpers that have lived a life but have a lot more life in them," she said.
"(Repurposing uniforms) has been an ongoing project since our school uniform changed over about three years ago. As the old uniforms were phased out, as a parent, I couldn't bear the waste and what would happen to old uniform.
"I had a connection to Sister Works and they have been fantastic in supporting the school to re-purpose old uniforms. Otherwise they would just be sitting in the back of people's cupboards or in landfill."
Ms Tan said the project allows people involved to up-skill their textile work.
"It's so much fun. The Sisters are getting upskilled in crochet and embroidery," she said. "To see joy in their faces with this project was heartwarming for me."
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