School seeks sewing machines

Building on his past successes, Andra Thakur of Nanaimo Sewing School is again collecting sewing machines for Guyana.

Andra Thakur

Building on his past successes, Andra Thakur of Nanaimo Sewing School is again collecting sewing machines for Guyana.

The retired Vancouver Island University anthropology professor established two, 16-week sewing courses in two towns in the small South American country, producing close to 30 graduates who each received a sewing machine.

The third course begins Aug. 29 and the deadline for donating sewing machines is Thursday (July 14). The machines will be serviced, packed and sent to Guyana and each student will receive one upon graduation.

Trained as a professional tailor while growing up in Guyana, Thakur now returns to teach the sewing classes in hope that the skills will keep young people off the streets and provide a solid opportunity to earn a livelihood.

The students focus on measuring, cutting and sewing school uniforms.

The cloth is purchased locally and all the clothing sewn is donated to the poorer children in the primary schools.

Donated sewing machines need to be in good running order and electric, not treadle.

To make a donation of a sewing machine or to get more information, please call Joyce Morrison at   250-248-5914 or e-mail jlm123@shaw.ca

 

Just Posted

Ferry service increase to Nanaimo lauded by Gabriola Islanders

Gabriola Ferry Advisory Committee to work with B.C. Ferries, says committee chairman

Nanaimo Astronomy Society to host Vancouver Island’s first AstroFest

AstroFest will showcase Island’s amateur and professional astronomical groups and activities

Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards announce winners

VIU women’s volleyball is Team of the Year, Presidents Cup lacrosse is Sports Story of the Year

Nanaimo community policing volunteer recognized for decades of service

Don Willett presented commanding officer’s certificate for 25 years of volunteer service

Vehicle smashes through front of furniture store in Nanaimo

No injuries reported in Friday afternoon incident on Mostar Road

Poutine, sweet treats tantalize taste buds at Maple Sugar Festival in Nanaimo

L’Association des Francophones de Nanaimo hold festival at Beban Park this weekend

Vancouver Island Brewing puts Nanaimo bar on tap

Beer based on signature Nanaimo dessert flying off liquor retailers’ shelves

Pink Shirt Day a reminder to ‘T.H.I.N.K.’ before posting on social media

‘Be Kind’ message on shirts sold for anti-bullying activities of Wednesday, Feb. 27

A ‘warm embrace’ for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire victims

Mourners offered love and support to Kawthar Barho, mother of seven children

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

B.C. man creates Indigenous colouring book for children

Leon McFadden is working on 11 more books to finish the horoscope series

City of Nanaimo issues building permit for Gordon Street hotel

Ground-breaking for $21-million project anticipated this spring

High school students converge on Nanaimo for Skills Canada competition

Winners will head to provincial event in Abbotsford later this year

Realtors hope that their help can make miracles happen for sick kids

Re/Max of Nanaimo donates $86,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Most Read