wedding dresses caused bit of an 'i do' The dresses, he told her, were bound for
his wartorn homeland where wedding dresses cost up to a year's wages and his
blushing bride is now supporting him in his quest. Louise, who is the vicar of
fir vale, said: "Alpha had been buying good quality second hand wedding dresses
from local charity shops to take with him to liberia. "Most people there live on
around a dollar a day and to buy a new wedding dress would cost about six months
to a year's wages so it is beyond the scope of most women. "Yet it is still an
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of many to get married in white. "
Alpha and louise were introduced by a mutual friend just over a year ago and
were married in june by bishop jack nicholls at st cuthbert's church, fir vale.
Louise said: "On our wedding day we launched the liberian wedding dress project.
"Basically the idea is we take the dresses to liberia where our local partners
will loan them out to liberian brides, for a small charge to cover cleaning and
so on. " She added: "We had a most fabulous and colourful wedding with 300
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wonderful music from england and liberia. "St cuthbert's had never seen anything
quite like it! " Alpha, who is studying for an ma in international law, also
works as a fifa football players' agent and as a volunteer for sheffield race
equality council. Before training as vicar louise worked as music therapist. She
said: "Since we launched the project we have been amazed at the interest and we
now have almost 20 dresses, all donated by local women. "We just got some more
yesterday from a friend in the muslim community here in fir vale, who is keen to
support the effort. "We've been amazed at the generosity of people and how word
has got around. "We also have a couple of men's suits and several bridesmaids'
dresses. "Our challenge now is to get them shipped out in time for our visit to
liberia, later next month. " The west african country is in the process of
recovering from 15 years of civil war.It now has a stable government and has
africa's first democraticallyelected female president.But the infrastructure of
the country has been severely damaged. Education and Wedding
health care are very limited. "If we, and the
good people of south yorkshire, can bring some joy through the project, it will
be great,"Said louise. She will be keeping her own peach coloured wedding dress
for a while to wear at events to promote the project but intends to donate it
eventually. Alpha and louise also need funds to help with transport costs.
Dresses can be dropped off at st cuthbert's church, on barnsley road, any sunday
morning, and donations can be made payable to action love liberia and sent to st
cuthbert's vicarage, 7 horndean road, sheffield, s5 6uj.