Fashion student support for Brisbane homeless youth is undie-mental

Kimberley Hegdus, right, takes part in the Sewathon at Old Government House. Photo: Chris Hyde Undies to help women in need. Photo: Chris Hyde

Dozens of QUT fashion students are getting their knickers in a twist at Old Government House to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

The Fine Arts/Business students are holding a 12-hour sew-a-thon for the Brisbane Youth Service, aiming to stitch 150 pairs of undies for disadvantaged young people.

It’s part of work they do for The Fleet Store, a pop-up boutique created and managed by the emerging designers inside the historic manor.

BYS chief executive Annemaree Callander said it may not seem like much but clean underwear meant a lot to someone living on the streets.

“To have new, clean clothes and improved hygiene can reduce health issues faced by homeless young people,” she said.

BYS helped 1200 young people last financial year and, with housing affordability an ongoing strain, Ms Callander said those numbers were unlikely to drop.

“It isn’t just that young people have made a series of bad decisions, it’s not just an individual problem. It’s often caused by structural issues in our society,” she said.

“Young people need safe and affordable housing but also support to transition into adulthood – just like other young people who are still living with their families.”

More than 50 pairs had been completed by Tuesday afternoon.

Marketing manager of The Fleet Store Kimberley Hegedus is proud of the effort and dedication of the students throughout the production run and is happy with the outcome of the event.

“Any undies that we create and donate is great,” she said.

“Even if we don’t reach our target today it’s still great to help out in this way,” Hegedus said.

Brisbane Youth Service has been operating in Fortitude Valley since 1977. To support their work visit their website.

Follow the underpants sew-a-thon via The Fleet Store’s Facebook page.

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