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Accessories that change lives

Published on 4th August 2014

Time to shelve the loom bands: Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) and The Body Shop are selling accessories that look great and change lives.

Throughout August, the Body Shop is selling VSA Friendship Bracelets – the summer accessory, according to elle.com. The Friendship Bracelets are hand-woven by the Nga-centre in Vietnam, a centre for young people with disabilities.


Proceeds from the bracelets go to support VSA volunteers working to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in the Pacific. Volunteers like Sarah Gwynn (pictured, left), who worked at the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), mentoring girls to help them rebuild their lives.


Project Friendship 2014 main photo


Sarah worked in partnership with SVSG and the Samoan International Cricket Association (SICA) to hold Bring Back the Smiles Clinics, giving the girls a sense of pride and achievement.


VSA CEO Gill Greer says helping women and girls is vital to work in developing countries: “Women who have the health, the time and the opportunity to take part in paid employment can achieve a lot… lifting themselves and their families out of poverty.”


The Body Shop is pleased to support VSA, “the work that VSA volunteers undertake in the Pacific can be life changing, both for the volunteers and the groups they work with, and I’m delighted that we can help make this happen” said Barrie Thomas, Director of The Body Shop NZ.


The bracelets will be on sale in all branches of The Body Shop from August 4 – August 31.


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