GlenXers Sophie and Isa respond to global pandemic by Saving Face

06 August 2020

If you needed further evidence of the strong ties and bonds forged at Glenaeon, then read on.

Saving Face. Co was founded by friends, neighbours and fellow Glenaeon alumni Sophie Alais and Isa Crossland Stone. Sophie studied at Glenaeon from Kindergarten to Year 12 graduating in 2015. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Government and International Relations & Gender Studies at The University of Sydney. Isa attended Glenaeon from playgroup until Year 10 in 2017.

Saving Face. Co creates eco-friendly, reusable face masks using a 100% cotton outer and bamboo jersey inner layer with a slip to insert a PM2.5 filter for added protection.

As Sophie explains, “We began Saving Face. Co at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown. It was the eve of what would become a long and strange period of uncertainty, and as we cancelled plans and prepared for a month indoors we were struck by the way that the invisible enemy, Covid-19, could create such drastic impact on both a universal scale and a personal one.

“While keeping a safe physical distance is imperative for flattening the curve, the notion of total ‘isolation’ felt counterintuitive during a frightening and challenging period. In times of trouble, we find solace in community support and connection, and we see it as important to find a way to foster community and extend a (gloved) hand to those community members who need it more than ever.”

Their artist collaboration collection masks feature designs by Sydney artists Bella Meagher (a fellow Glenaeon alumnus) and Tara Chandra, who each receive a commission for the sales of their designs. For each Saving Face. Co mask purchased, they have chosen to donate $3 to The Asylum Seekers Centre, a charity organisation which provides practical and personal support to people seeking asylum, with $1,000 raised so far.

We congratulate and celebrate these entrepreneurial, environmentally responsible and CSR-aware GlenXers and encourage those looking to purchase a face mask to visit and support our wonderful Alumni.

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