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Just a uniform cut above for kids

QUEENSLAND Police Service, Australian Federal Police, Border Force officers, firefighters and even workers at Australia Zoo are giving the shirts off their backs to help young people at risk from poverty and the scourge of domestic violence.

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Debbie Platz meets Pope Francois

who blessed Uniforms 4 Kids.

Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz attended The Santa Marta Group, an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society in a process endorsed by Pope Francis, to eradicate human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

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Uniforms 4 Kids visits women and children in CEBU

AFP delivered U4K outfits to the staff of the Women and Children’s Centre in Cebu, Philippines. The outfits were well received as the shelter has many rescued children needing clothes, care and love.  We had the lovely opportunity to meet some children who were recently rescued from people who were abusing them and posting the […]

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Uniforms 4 Kids visits the Philippines

The AFP senior liaison officer in the Philippines, Richard Stanford delivered a bag of clothes to the hospital in IBA. The hospital had a groups of volunteers from Australia conducting cleft plate surgery this week. Richard gave the clothes to many children recovering in the hospital. He said “the gifting of the clothes was very […]

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Uniforms 4 Kids Official Launch

On Friday 15th February, Uniforms 4 Kids was officially launched at the Queensland Police Headquarters in Brisbane. Uniforms 4 Kids would like to thank everyone for attending including special guests: His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland The Honourable Mark Ryan MP – Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services, […]

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Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin video message for Uniforms 4 Kids Launch

Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin have created a video message for everyone from New York to show their support for the Uniforms 4 Kids launch and ongoing success of U4K. Terri, Bindi & Robert Irwin along with Australia Zoo are one of our partners who continue to assist disadvantaged children in need. Please see the […]

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QPS supports Uniforms 4 Kids

Commissioner Ian Stewart today joined police and emergency services from across the country to launch the Uniforms 4 Kids initiative at Queensland Police Service Headquarters. Uniforms 4 Kids is a not-for-profit charity, founded by retired QPS officer Yvonne Pattinson OAM, aimed at repurposing uniforms for disadvantaged children within the community. Since the program’s inception, QPS […]

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Local volunteers on board with Uniforms 4 Kids

As you would expect, our first responders uniforms are often well worn, so when they do not meet service expectations, we collect them to donate to Uniforms 4 Kids. Uniforms 4 Kids is an innovative program re-purposing donated law enforcement and emergency services organisations uniforms, which would have otherwise been disposed of, into beautiful and […]

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A humble band of Queensland retirees is transforming pre-owned emergency service uniforms into children’s clothing, and their charity is about to rapidly expand. See the footage from Channel 9 News below: UPCYCLING UNIFORMS A humble band of Queensland retirees is transforming pre-owned emergency service uniforms into children's clothing, and their charity is about to rapidly […]

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Making a difference for children

By Pauline Clayton. Setting out to empty a cupboard full of fabric became a life changing moment for grandmother, Yvonne Pattinson. A home seamstress all her life Yvonne couldn’t resist using up the material by making pretty outfits for little girls. This led to a friend involved with an orphanage in Myanmar asking for as […]

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Western Australia Uniforms 4 Kids

Turning police uniform into kids’ clothing breaking down police stigma in WA communities

Old police uniforms are being turned into children’s clothing to help bridge the communication gap between local communities and police officers in Western Australia’s Mid West. A similar program is run in Queensland and local officers thought it would work well in WA. The old uniforms are collected in Geraldton and sent to Queensland where […]

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How zoos and aquariums are winning at recycling

Recycling is an important part of sustainable living and working. Good zoos and aquariums work to educate people about reducing their impact on the environment, so it’s no surprise they have some great recycling initiatives themselves. The clothing industry is emerging as a big player in waste production. In Australia for example, 6,000 kg of […]

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HE Ms Melissa Hitchman letter to Detective Superintendent Andrea Humphrys APM

We have received a letter from HE Ms Melissa Hitchman highlighting some of the work Uniforms 4 Kids have done. Thank you to Detective Superintendent Andrea Humphrys APM for sharing and allowing us to upload the letter. To read the full letter, please click here.

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Uniforms 4 Kids a hit at Millaa Millaa State School

The latest donation event for the much-lauded Uniforms 4 Kids program was staged recently in Millaa Millaa on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland. The program itself was officially launched in September 2017 during the International Women and Law Enforcement Conference in Cairns and was originally founded several years ago by Order of Australia […]

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