White Ribbon Day 2016 clothing sale event

FASHION: The Rescued and Revived Recycled Fashion Fair raised just under $1000 last year in support of White Ribbon Day. Photo: Victoria Lee

FASHION: The Rescued and Revived Recycled Fashion Fair raised just under $1000 last year in support of White Ribbon Day. Photo: Victoria Lee

PUT your clothes to use and help make a real change.

Donations have been trickling in for this year’s Rescued and Revived White Ribbon Day recycled clothing sale, but more are needed before the November event.

White Ribbon is a charity that campaigns to prevent men’s violence against women.

Local woman Barb Lawson has run the event for several years, after stepping up to help address domestic violence issues at a community level.

“I think violence against women is increasing, and it's not just physical violence," she said.

"It's a cause that alarms me, so I thought I'd do something about it."

Over a third of all murders in Australia are due to domestic violence, according to recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) findings.

In particular, women accounted for 65 per cent of the total number of victims of domestic violence-related homicide.

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies said homes should be safe places, but for some women and girls they were crime scenes.

“Nobody can turn a blind eye to what is a national crisis,” she said.

Barb Lawson strives each year to co-ordinate a pop-up designer op shop with quality pieces to provide affordably priced clothes and support an important cause at the same time.

The inclusion of designer children's wear this year is expected to be a draw card for buyers. Donations will be accepted right up to the event.

“We’re seeking designer labels – baby and children’s clothing in good condition, and also men’s shirts,” event organiser Barb Lawson said.

The event will be held at the Henrietta Rose Room in Bendooley Street, Bowral from 8.30am until 2.30pm on November 26.

Last year’s event raised just under $1000, a number Barb and her team of volunteers look forward to exceeding this year.

“We’ve had great support with quality donations so far, but more are needed,” Barb said. “We would really appreciate further items between now and November 25.”

Donations of clean clothes will be collected at the Southern Highland News office at 28 Wingecarribee Street, Bowral. Volunteers interested in assisting during event set up on November 25 can contact Barb on 0423 748 948 or by email at barbel731@gmail.com

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