Coronavirus is disrupting many areas of our lives at the moment. We are sad to hear that the Second Chance Women’s Pre-loved Fashion Sale fundraiser has been cancelled for this year. This is a necessary measure to help keep us all safe. It does mean that we will have fewer Second Chance Education awards to give out this year. If you would like to donate in lieu of the sale, our details are available here.
This annual fundraiser organised by Second Chance Group raised funds for three awards of $3,750 in 2019. Thank you to all those who volunteered, donated clothes and jewelry and bought some pre-loved wear.
Since 2005, the Second Chance Group have been putting together an annual sale of second-hand clothes in order to raise money for women’s education, including funds provided to New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura. The money raised is targeted to women who are living and studying in the greater Wellington region. “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,” Justine Cornwall of the Second Chance Group said. “The New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura award funding can be used to repair a car, pay for child care, buy a computer so you can study at home or buy food for the family, what ever it takes to support her while studying”.
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.
The fundraiser made $3000 in its first year. In recent years at least $10,000 worth of clothes have been sold. “Whilst there’s expertise and lots of skills within the group, there’s many people that contribute to the sale,” Cornwall 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.
For more information, go to Second Chance Group.