Arc Infrastructure donate old uniforms to be turned into teddy bears for WA children this Christmas

Almost 1000kg of obsolete uniforms have brought unlikely Christmas joy to WA children.

The branded uniforms — including shirts, skirts, pants and jackets — became obsolete when Brookfield Rail changed its name to Arc Infrastructure in July.

But instead of being thrown out, the uniforms were collected from employees and turned into “railway teddy bears”.

Seamstresses have produced about 390 bears in the past five months.

They have been earmarked for vulnerable children and distributed through the WA Women’s Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, Princess Margaret Hospital, Goldfields Children in Care, Starlight WA and the South West Women’s Refuge.

Arc Infrastructure chief executive Paul Larsen said the positive outcomes from the upcycling project were testament to what could be achieved when creative ideas were connected with opportunities to deliver real and meaningful outcomes.

“The act of transforming our old workwear into the railway bear is more than just changing its form,” Arc Infrastructure chief executive Paul Larsen said.

“It is the product of our journey to become Arc Infrastructure and part of the team’s commitment to support the communities in which we operate.”

Fifty limited-edition bears will be auctioned, with proceeds going to support Youth Focus.

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