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Making masks for a good cause

Miss Bella Bridal team
Julie Cini, Business owner of Miss Bella Bridal

The team at Boronia bridalwear store Miss Bella Bridal are using their sewing skills to make colourful masks for charity. With eight Australian-themed designs to choose from, these handmade masks are helping raise funds for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Australia, with $2 from every sale going to the charity.

Owner of Miss Bella Bridal and also CEO of SMA Australia, Julie Cini and her team started sewing masks back in July when she saw there was a growing demand in the community.

Since then, her team of six have made more than 1,600 face masks and raised more than $5,000 for the charity.

“We’ve sent masks all over Australia, and even sent some to the US,” said Julie.

“Everyone has embraced the initiative. We have now started to make some personalised masks for local businesses and that is gaining momentum.”

The mask-making has provided a way for her to support both her businesses and keep her staff in work.

“The charity has lost the majority of its avenues to fundraise, and this initiative was a great way for people to give back,” she said.

“We thought we would give it a go for one weekend and see if people wanted to purchase, and it opened a massive flood gate and we were inundated with orders.”

And as long as orders keep coming in, they’ll keep sewing.

Masks are available for purchase on the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Australia website.

Julie founded SMA Australia in 2005 after losing two children to the genetic disease. Funds raised from this kindness initiative will go towards new resources for the charity, including a resource for teachers to understand and meet the needs of students with SMA.

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