Closet Cleanout is a popular clothing recycling fundraising initiative run by two Mums with a background in fundraising who were keen to get some new and exciting options out to schools, kindergartens, early learning centres and other fundraising groups.
After huge success in Melbourne, they are very pleased to be now offering the program as a fundraiser in Adelaide.
Like Little Rockers, they are partnered with Red Nose (formerly SIDS and Kids) to help deliver the program. In 2009 Red Nose introduced “Red Nose Goes Green” to increase their funding through the donation of clothing and household items that they collected from Attended Donation Centres and charity bins. By partnering with Closet Cleanout, they can now collect from schools and other organisations that book a drive.
The Closet Cleanout program is a great way for fundraising groups to raise their own funds and at the same time, contribute to a greater cause.
Those that sign up are supplying affordable clothing to people in need and helping Red Nose to provide safe sleeping education and continue to fund vital research. Parents love it as there is no buying or selling involved and it is something everyone is easily able to participate in, or even choose not to participate in. It’s also very easy for coordinators/committees to run with collection bags and all support materials provided.
"Closet Cleanout is such an easy, hassle-free way to raise funds, and at the same time, contribute to a good cause. With no costs involved, parents love it! It is also a great way to teach kids about social and environmental issues. We are already looking forward to our next one!" - Fundraising Coordinator, Crib Point Primary School
With the ABC’s popular War on Waste series, Closet Cleanout is starting to see more bookings from schools wanting to run the program as an environmental exercise within the curriculum, rather than simply a fundraiser. Bittern Primary School recently completed their first drive, bringing in a collection of over 300kg’s. Leading up to the drive, students were shown War on Waste’s episode 3 which explores fast fashion - an issue causing an environmental crisis globally.
Fundraising Coordinator, Hayley believes the program helped to educate and encourage students throughout the drive, maximising participation and funds raised, "it was great to see the kids so engaged with the initiative" she said. "It was an easy one for all involved and we are already looking forward to our next one". The school booked two drives for the year for which they receive 25c per kilo collected.
If you’re in Melbourne or Adelaide and would like to book a drive, Ph 1300 035 788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Closet Cleanout team is hoping to bring the program to all other major cities soon. To stay up to date, subscribe to their newsletter here: https://www.closetcleanout.org/
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