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Alana Black

Alana is the Program & Communications Coordinator for the Can Too Foundation.

A self-proclaimed "reformed couch potato", Alana has now completed 3 half marathons with Can Too and is Team Captain in the East for the Blackmores 10km.

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Clothes Swap Fundraiser

by Alana Black 09 Aug 2017

Our Can Too-ers are a creative bunch, and every participant is different when it comes to approaching their fundraising commitment. Whether you’re a butcher, baker or candlestick maker – everyone has a talent/hobby they can leverage for fundraising!

Meredith, Eliza, Immy & Cam are four friends from Sydney’s trendy Inner West who’re currently participating in our Blackmores 10km & 21km programs. Meredith took us through the process of organising their group fundraiser.

Clean Out Your Closet For Charity

I’ve hosted clothes swaps with friends before and was already considering having a small clothes swap to fundraise for Can Too. I told my idea to the manager of SWOP in Newtown and she offered to donate clothes – so I thought I could do it on a much larger scale! I spoke to U Turn fashion and they were keen to donate clothes too.

We didn’t want to overcomplicate it, so basically you bring a bag of any size, empty it at the front door (where we’ll have volunteers sorting) and go fill up your bag with new threads. If people don’t want to bring a bag of clothes, just pay $10 and you get a bag to fill. 

The Logistics

I thought about the size of the event and how I wanted it to look. Then looked at all the council venues in the Inner West and narrowed it down to a few with the right capacity. In the end, it came down to the availability of the venue, and Marrickville Town Hall was available on the right date.

The venue cost is the most expensive, even though they’re giving us a 50% charity discount. The benefit to having it at a much larger venue though is that we can sell more tickets.

Venue: $1250

Food/Drinks: We haven’t done a budget yet, but thinking around $200.

Everything else is donated – so actually we aren’t spending much money at all!

Ticket sales have been made easy through Humanitix. Humanitix is a charitable events platform that donates all profit from ticketing fees to partner charities, such as Can Too!  

Sourcing Quality Clothes

I spoke to SWOP and U Turn and they thought it was a great idea. It’s really easy for them to donate, as they have a lot of stock. I’ve spoken to some fantastic Can Too-ers who are donating clothes even though they can’t be at the event. If anyone has some nice clothing they’d like to donate, please get in touch! We can pick up anytime between now and the event. meredith@cantoo.org.au

Want to attend? Here's how

  1. Buy a ticket! There’s already a lot of interest and we only launched a few days ago.
  2. Go through your wardrobe. Anything you haven’t worn in 6 months, put it in a bag and bring it!
  3. Invite your friends. This will be a fun event!
  4. Get excited – I’ve already seen some of the clothes that have been donated and they’re great! There’s a big variety – from Gorman dresses to an Armani Suit, to awesome vintage pants and some funky handbags. There’s something for everyone.

Link to ticket page: https://www.humanitix.com/event/massive-clothes-swap-for-charity/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/127222147893658/

Tips to Create Your Own Event

Get the word out there + make it fun!

We’re leveraging the social media of SWOP and U Turn Fashion to get the message out about the event. They’re also putting posters in their change rooms and at counters to let their customers know it’s on.

I’ve spoken to the Inner West Courier and they’re going to run a story with a great photo as well as include it in their ‘what’s on’ section. Basically, if people are excited about it, then they’ll want to be involved. We’ve made an event that we would love to go to, so we’re hoping that lots of other people will want to join us!

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