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Organization announces fashion show fundraiser

PORTLAND, Maine -- Partners for World Health will be putting on a fashion show where all the clothing is made from recycled fabric used to strilize all surgical supplies in all hospitals in the United States.

In an effort to raise funds for this project, the Blue Wrap Project Runway Fashion Show will be held on April 24 on the catwalk at USM's Hannaford Hall.  Haute couture takes on new meaning, as this fundraising event brings together amazing fashion designers who use their skills to create unique fashions from recycled blue medical wrap material. The goal is to bring awareness to the organization’s efforts of recycling discarded  medical supplies  while improving global health.

The goal is to ship a container full of medical supplies abroad. The container weighs 30-40,000 pounds and is worth close to $250,000.  The goal of the organization is to ship 12 containers this year,  but with each container costing approximately $10,000 to  $15,000, including shipping and processing fees, the organization will need help with funds.

"I am astounded at the amount of  discarded medical supplies that our organization gathers each year," Elizabeth McLellan, President  and founder of Partners for World Health, said. "Not only are we making strides in reducing the amount of medical supplies that would land in our landfill,  we can also save hospitals money by lowering their disposal fees and in turn can save consumers on healthcare costs, but we’re also able to get these supplies to places in need, both domestically and overseas.  Last year we sent medical supplies  to places such as Bangladesh, Senegal, Ethiopia, Peru and  Syria, and this year we would like to double the number of containers that go out."

This is the third year for the event and the goal is to raise at least $50,000 to help get supplies to places in need.  If you would like to learn more information about sponsorships please contact Marie Sola

The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and fashion show at 7 p.m..Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at

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