SHOPPING for a good cause. Ladies, if you ever needed an excuse, this is it.
Raid My Wardobe founder Rachel Prest has joined forces with The Sista Code’s charity, Got Your Back Sista. It will be the first public outing for the charity, which helps women to rebuild their lives after escaping domestic violence.
The care package drive will be held at the popular pre-loved fashion market at Newcastle Basketball Stadium on Sunday. People are being asked to bring new and unopened personal care items to the stadium, which will then be packaged and gifted to women in need.
At the end of the day any unsold items will be distributed to women in need in local refuges, many of whom leave violent relationships with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.
Ms Prest said she chose to support Got Your Back Sista because it brought awareness about the difficulties some women face and how women can help each other.
Melissa Histon started The Sista Code about 18 months ago. It is essentially an online community and blog that works to build women’s esteem, support women and encourage women in general to be kinder to each other.
“About five or six years ago I was in a Brisbane bookshop and I saw Barney Stinson’s book The Bro Code, all about how men should treat other men, I thought ‘there really needs to be a sister code’,” she said.
“I’d also been to Nepal to do a documentary about the sex trafficking of women and young girls and I came back home and was like, ‘you know what, girls, if we want the world to be a better place then it has to start with us’.”
More than 50 stalls have been confirmed for Sunday’s event, each overflowing with high-end clothing, shoes, handbags, shoes, jewellery and accessories. If you’re lucky you might even nab a rare vintage find.
“This is all about women coming together to help others, so it’s a beautiful fit,” Ms Histon said.
“Women tend to get the raw end of the deal, and are blamed for a lot, mostly by other women. Stop with the judgment! At the end of the day we’re all just trying to do our best.”
- Raid My Wardrobe is at Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow, on Sunday from 10am to 1pm. Entry costs $5.