School students have had some interesting and challenging months over the past almost two years and when it comes to celebrating at a formal, the stress levels don’t subside.

Formals are meant to be an amazing time to celebrate that this is the final year of secondary school, and this chapter of life is ending. But formals mean a big cost and even doing it on the cheap can be expensive. New dresses, jewellery, shoes, hair, make-up, or a new suit, shoes, accessories and maybe a special car to be driven in to make the night special.

Tammy Robinson has been dressing students at no cost for three years and has dressed 900 young adults since starting Formally Ever After. This year alone, up until early September, Tammy has given 294 students from Logan and surrounding areas a new look for their event.

“Every time a student arrives, I know how much this is needed here in Logan, Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton, Redlands, Beaudesert and even down the Coast,” said Tammy.

“This is our third season and the total students dressed by Formally Ever After over that time (to date) is approximately 894.

“Plus, this year there has been about 20 wedding dresses that found new homes, some mums dressed and some students for year six graduation and year ten semi formals outfitted too.

Dresses at Formally Ever After

“I know the impact this has and makes my heart swell with absolute happiness.”

The program that Tammy has created works so well because of the community and the donations that she is given.

All dresses, suits, shoes, and accessories are donated to Formally Ever After from people around Logan and south-east Queensland and Tammy will repair and clean them ready for students to come in and try on.

Students make a booking and Tammy, who is extremely passionate when it comes to helping others, takes time with each person to find the right dress or suit that fits them and all with a smile and a laugh that helps make the students feel more comfortable.

“Their families are so grateful; the parents are overwhelmed at the big community effort and love that goes into Formally Ever After.

“Thank you to everyone who donates to make this possible and keep sharing everyone, so no year 12 students miss out on going to their formals.

“Never did I imagine this would grow like it has.”

If you are wanting to talk to Tammy about your upcoming formal or want to donate something special, you can reach her on Facebook – or 0401 508 759.

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