When a fundraising sale opened on April 9 more than 100 people flooded in.
Sharon Cavanagh, co-ordinator for the fundraiser, said the initial turnout was only the “first wave” of the four-hour event.
Cavanagh was one of 12 women involved in organising the Pre-Loved Fashion Sale, held at the Wesley Church Hall in Taranaki Street. The women make up the Second Chance Group.
Since 2005, they 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.
The total raised at the sale has not yet been tallied, but Cavanagh says the figure is “around $20,000”.
Applications for the awards offered by the New Horizons for Women Trust close April 17 at 7pm.
More information can be found here.
– The Wellingtonian