Hands Across Canberra helps No Sweat Fashions to Sew & Grow!

Published on 26 September 2012

Mr Allan Williams, Chair of the Hands Across Canberra Foundation, yesterday presented the Chief Executive Officer of No Sweat Fashions Limited, Ms Cindy Reese Mitchell, with a cheque for $5,000 towards building a more sustainable social enterprise venture.

“The Hands Across Canberra Foundation is very excited to make this contribution to such an important service in our community”, Mr Williams said.

“The Board agreed that No Sweat Fashions has a very worthwhile mission of providing meaningful and long-term social change for refugees and asylum seekers. Its values are very much compatible with the principles underpinning the establishment of the Hands Across Canberra Foundation.

“Hands Across Canberra was established to help community organisations to build their capacity to do their good work.

“I am honoured to see our donation used in such a practical way to help so many people – the purchase or repair of sewing machines will enable No Sweat Fashions to keep up with the increasing demand for their services and allow their valuable participants to work more effectively”, Mr Williams said.

Mr Williams was joined by Hands Across Canberra Deputy Chair, Sandra Lambert and Board Member, Peter Gordon and No Sweat Fashions Board Members Nerida Gill and Michael Doyle at the Design and Production Studio at the University of Canberra High School Kaleen and the School Principal Denis Dickinson.

“Hands Across Canberra hopes to build its philanthropic funds to be able to support more local community organisations in the future, particularly those that find it difficult to attract government or other funding,” Mr Williams said.

There are already 85 organisations profiled on the Hands Across Canberra website that people can donate to. To register your community organisation or for further information visit

In July, Hands Across Canberra provided $6,000 to The Yellow Van to purchase a new commercial dishwasher. The dishwasher will enable OzHarvest to keep up with the increasing demand for their services and allow their valuable volunteers to work more effectively. The Yellow Van is a food rescue service which rescues perfectly good food that is excess to the requirements of food retailers, caterers, corporate offices and small businesses and delivers it to over 60 charities and refuges across Canberra to provide meals for people in need. The organisation receives no government funding and relies entirely on community support and fundraising activities.

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