Welcome to the first instalment of the Monday Good News – the day where we try to make the gruelling Monday morning of going back to work a little easier, by showing you some of the really great and wonderful things that are happening in the world.
This good news is a great one to start us off, in my opinion: a fashion design company called Ward + Robes, started by the Starlight Children’s Foundation, has created designer hospital gowns for teenage patients – offering a selection of bright and colourful designs, created by various artists with different art styles.
Instead of the standard issue gowns that everyone has to wear, concealing identity and really just cementing the fact that these people are in a hospital, kids and teenage patients across Canada are getting the opportunity to choose a gown that feels more like them.
The first hospital to receive these custom designed gowns was the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Canada – and it seems as if it’s planning to head into the U.S. next. Brian Bringolf, executive director of Starlight’s Canadian branch even said, “we want this to go national, if not worldwide” – and the organisation even has bases in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, meaning this fantastic initiative could really become global.
I don’t know about you, but this project sounds amazing to me, and really could do a lot of good in the lives of sick teenagers in this world – maybe not all of them, but the ones that the organisation can reach. Hopefully, other countries will follow their lead, and this project can really change and do some good in the lives of teenage hospital patients around the globe.
If you’re still not sure, maybe check out this beautiful video, created for the cause – the smiles of those kids will work wonders for changing your mind.
If you’re interested in their work, and want to lend a hand, you can also donate to the cause.
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