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Tie-dying to inspire
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2011 2:58PM MDT
One Calgary teen is making a difference half a world away by selling tie-dyed clothing to support HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
In the 1960's and early 70's, tie dyed T-shirts were considered hippie fashion made popular by off-beat rock stars of the era.
Tarin Arndt is bringing tie-dyed clothing back into style with a 21st century look and cause.
Arndt has turned her parents' garage into a tie-dying studio and started T4A Apparel, which stands for Tie-Dying for Africa.
She sells her work, or what she calls a labour of love, to raise money for a project in Kenya, Africa called Living Positive Kenya. http://livingpositiveprogram.org/
Profits will go to assist women and children with HIV/AIDs with healthcare and the basic necessities that we take for granted.
Arndt spent time in Kenya last year, caring for women and children with the disease.
Arndt's inspiration came from her friends and family, and they are now inspired by her.
One friend, Keri Meyers, brought her to CTV's attention.
"I think what she's doing is really inspiring," says Meyers. "There are 400 people on Facebook but I wanted the rest of Calgary to hear her story, know what she's doing, and support her."
Arndt plans to head back to Kenya next year and stay for a couple of months.
"I have men that come up to me and say ‘I want to get tested for HIV, how can you help me?' That is the biggest compliment, knowing that people are not scared to talk about HIV in Kenya anymore," she says.
Arndt and friends are trying to set up programs to talk to people about HIV/AIDs and say they really want to focus on educating and getting youth more engaged in today's issues.
For her genuine interest in making a difference and for what she does to help banish the stigma associated with AIDS in Kenya, this tie-dyer is CTV's inspiring Albertan this week.