This year the Second Chance Pre-Loved Fashion Sale opens on 7 April 9am – 1pm at the Wesley Church Hall in Taranaki Street, Wellington.
When the fundraising sale opened in April last year more than 100 people flooded in and this was only the “first wave” of the four-hour event said Sharon Cavanagh, co-ordinator for the fundraiser.
Since 2005, Sharon and the other women in the Second Chance Group have been putting together an annual sale of second-hand clothes in order to raise money for the New Horizons for Women Trust.
The national charity awards money to women who need help with their study. “There are a lot of women who, for a variety of reasons, whether it be their social circumstances or their financial circumstances, really struggle to continue,” Cavanagh said. The New Horizons for Women Trust “don’t set any criteria” for how the money should be used. One woman was able to repair her car with the award and could then drop her children off at daycare while she studied, Cavanagh said.
In addition to contributing money to the trust, the Second Chance Group attend the ceremony to present the awards financed by their fundraising to their recipients.
“There’s generally two or three women a year.”
The fundraiser made $3000 in its first year. For the past six years at least $10,000 worth of clothes have been sold each time. “Whilst there’s expertise and lots of skills within the group, there’s many people that contribute to the sale,” Cavanagh said. She attributed their success to the quality of the clothes they receive, to the help of local schools and businesses that provide drop-off points for donations, and to the company Cool Moves which transports their stock.
More information, including drop off points for donations can be found here http://www.secondchancegroup.org.nz/