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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Market partners with charity

Preloved clothing market, Raid My Wardrobe, has partnered with Dress for Success Newcastle to help empower disadvantaged women.

At its next market on Sunday 24 March, Raid My Wardrobe stallholders will donate excess professional clothing, shoes and handbags to the charity, which opened on Hunter Street last month.

The organisation supports women who have experienced situations that can make it difficult to assemble a job-ready wardrobe, such as surviving family, domestic or sexual violence; homelessness; incarcerations; or returning to work after having children.

Volunteers provide style advice and a professional outfit, suitable for a job interview, court appearances and formal appointments, as well as a support network and career development tools to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

Raid My Wardrobe founder Rachel Prest said she chose Dress for Success because it raised awareness about the real difficulties some women faced and how women could help one another.

“We feel privileged knowing we are gifting women with essential professional clothing items that can assist with their self-dignity and worth and economic empower,” Ms Prest said.

Dress for Success volunteer Kate Davies felt equally as privileged.

“Collaborating with Raid My Wardrobe will be a great opportunity for us to achieve some important aims,” Ms Davies said.
“We hope to connect with amazing women in our region who can become advocates and even

volunteers with us.

“We hope to source good-quality, lightly-used work clothing and accessories. We’ll make sure these

items find homes with women who need a boost in confidence and a chance at economic empowerment.”

Dress for Success will also be fundraising for the new Hunter Region service on the day.

The market, to be held at Newcastle Basketball Stadium, is the perfect opportunity to pick up some trans-seasonal additions to your wardrobe.

With 50 stalls packed with high-end clothing, shoes, handbags, shoes, jewellery and accessories, in brands such as Sass & Bide, Veronika Maine, Alannah Hill and Mimco, finding a jacket, ballet flats, pants or knit to take you from crisp mornings to warm autumn afternoons will be a breeze.

The market is open from 10am to 1pm. Entry is $5 at the door or pre-purchase at raidmywardobe.com.au to jump the queue.

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