Ethical fashion: Join Cate Blanchett in making new arrivals feel welcome

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Australian star Cate Blanchett proudly wears her High Tees WELCOME tee, in support of Melbourne asylum seeker support organisation, the West Welcome Wagon.

The WELCOME tee was created through a collaboration between West Welcome Wagon, Melbourne artist Jess McDonald and her iconic tee shirt brand High Tees.

The tee shirt design features people coming together and spelling the word WELCOME. All profit from the sale of the $50 unisex tee shirt goes directly to West Welcome Wagon a volunteer run, not-for-profit that supplies local asylum seekers and refugees with material aid, from furniture to clothing, food to toiletries, white goods and toys.

Click here to get your t-shirt before orders close on December 31.

Cate is a passionate advocate for refugee and asylum seeker rights and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR.

She has spoken and campaigned about refugee rights from addressing the United Nations about the plight of the Rohingya people to speaking at the delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos last year.

Cate posed for our story pic while in London where she is launching her new television series Stateless, a TV series focusing on the lives of four people caught up in the Australian immigration process and an Australian Detention Centre.

West Welcome Wagon currently supports over 500 Melbourne households from over 30 different countries. The funds from the sale of the tee shirt will go to purchasing items that generally cannot be donated such as new underwear, toiletries, and pillows.

“High Tees has always had a mandate to donate $1 per tee shirt sold to support asylum seekers, and this tee shirt is an opportunity to give more,” says artist and High Tees owner Jess McDonald.

“I am passionate about supporting asylum seekers. I think about the situation many find themselves in and I cannot fathom the hardship that has been and continues to be endured.

“I am also completely disheartened by our government’s action towards people fleeing persecution and seeking refuge so I felt compelled to do something.”


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