We are excited to announce the appointment of Kate Kelly as our Thread Together Project Coordinator. Most people will recognise Kate as a member of our worshipping congregation and often one of the friendly faces wielding a coffee pot at Morning Tea! We are looking forward to the development of this project in 2021 under Kate’s guidance. It promises to be wonderful collaboration between our faith community, Anglicare and Thread Together as we share the gift of new clothing with people in need, reduce the waste going to landfill and build nurturing relationships at the same time.
Would you like to be a part of an exciting new project that helps people feel great about themselves AND reduces waste and landfill?
- More than 3.24 million people (1 in 8 adults), including 774,000 children under 15 (1 in 6 children) live below the poverty line in Australia, with insufficient resources to cover the basic needs of life, including clothing. Many Australians don’t have access to a warm winter jumper, shoes that fit, or even sufficient underwear.
- Tonnes of brand new clothing (end-of-line, excess or slightly imperfect e.g. wrong colour) are sent to landfill in Australia every year. Decomposing clothes release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Fabrics take from months to hundreds of years to biodegrade. Textile waste is a serious environmental problem.
Thread Together (https://www.threadtogether.org) is an Australian not-for-profit organisation whose sole mission is to source brand new excess clothing from fashion retailers and redistribute these items to people in our communities who need them most. In the past five years they have distributed more than $8 million worth of new clothing to 100,000 people, and kept over 250,000 items of brand new clothing out of landfill.
Thread Together works through organisations such as Anglicare to ensure that the clothing they source reaches people who need it. St Andrew’s will work with Anglicare on this project to assist Homeless Services Women & Families (residential for women and children at Toowong, as well as community outreach); and INSYNC Youth Services (Mt Gravatt).
We are looking for anyone with time and enthusiasm for this project. Volunteers would be there to assist people to choose outfits that suit them from a collection of brand new items sourced for the van at no cost. We would aim to begin in a small way (half a day once a month) and work with volunteers from other groups.
If you would like to be on the project team please contact Sue. Even small offers of time could help this project to develop into a collaboration that will strengthen relationships to our wider community and assist those in real need.