Sustainable clothing initiative raises $4k for charity
A sustainable fundraising initiative led by residents at Pinesong has raised almost $4,000 for St John.
The initiative – a used clothing store called ‘N2U’ (New 2 You) – was led by resident Jean Piper who says the organising committee of ten residents were delighted by how residents got behind their idea for the used clothing store.
“We had a great response from the residents who supported the store. The donations of clothing and accessories came flooding in. We set up our little shop, we take turns running it, and we run specials. It took a few months to get up and running, but since we got it going, it’s taken off.”
She said St John was a charity close to home for residents.
“As a committee, we chose St John because they provide an incredible service to the public and we wanted to show our support.”
Promoting the sale of pre-loved clothing serves a dual purpose for the village – raising funds for a charity and encouraging sustainable clothing practice.
Residents say this is something their generation has been practising for years.
“Since we started the initiative, we’ve done a lot of reading about sustainable clothing and second-hand clothing,” Jean said. “It’s important to think about what we’re doing with the clothes and what we don’t manage to sell we donate to hospice so the life of the clothing is extended.”
Jean and the committee are now hoping to roll out the N2U initiative across the other West Auckland Metlifecare villages to raise further funds.
Over the next few weeks, the committee will divert their fundraising efforts to the victims of the Australian bushfires. Following the end of summer, they will resume fundraising initiatives for St John.