Market gets VOCAL about charity


Spring is coming, and Raid My Wardrobe is getting VOCAL.

The next edition of the quality preloved clothing market, on Sunday 1 September, is the perfect opportunity to add to your spring wardrobe while supporting a worthy cause.

Raid My Wardrobe founder Rachel Prest has partnered with Victims of Crime Assistance Victim League NSW (VOCAL) to help raise awareness and funds for the Newcastle-based charity.

For 30 years, VOCAL has provided practical assistance, emotional support, court preparation and court support to men, women and children whose lives have been impacted by crime.

The charity has a strong focus on lobbying and activism and has regular input to the state government via written and verbal submissions on issues pertaining to victims’ rights.

Ms Prest said she chose to collaborate with VOCAL because it brought awareness about the real difficulties some people, mainly women, faced, and how we could help each other.

“Some people find themselves in traumatic circumstances where their physical and mental health are impacted,” she said. “They may feel disempowered, isolated and alone. Some may even feel embarrassment or deep shame and don’t know where to go for help.

“I wanted to make the Raid My Wardrobe community aware of this charity so that if they ever are a victim of crime, or know of someone who is, that they can go somewhere and feel validated and honoured and be able to make informed choices.”

On the day of the market, VOCAL will have a stall selling clothing, shoes and handbags, as well as a donation bucket to raise funds for their valuable programs.

This will be in addition to more than 50 stalls packed with high-end clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery and accessories.

Market-goers can shop brands like Sass & Bide, Lisa Ho, Leona Edmiston, Veronika Maine, Alannah Hill, Mimco and Vintage, making it easy to find a new maxi dress, pair of sandals, denim shorts or sun hat for the new season ahead.

The event will take place at Newcastle Basketball Stadium from 10am to 1pm.

Entry is $5 at the door or pre-purchase to jump the queue.

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