Looking for a fun way to make a difference? Host a Swop-4-Charity Party..
Recently, I got a few friends together. Inspired by overflowing cupboards, years of my mother saying “If you haven’t touched it in 6 months, it’s unlikely you ever will again”, friends feeling guilty about giving their old clothes to their domestic instead of giving them to a charity, and of course, one we all know quite well, ” I’m giving away that bag of clothes on Monday, see if there is anything you like before I do?” , it felt like a crazy idea but I braved the odds and hosted what will hopefully now become a tradition. Our very first Swop-4-Charity party. It was a great way to catch up with girlfriends, we all brought snacks, and some bubbly and at least 10 items (some brought quite a few more than the required 10). By the time we were all assembled there were over a hundred items to choose from and we had such a great time! It’s true what they say, one man’s (or in this case woman’s) trash is another’s treasures. Pieces I was positive no one would want, went, and others I felt sure would go, didn’t. We all went home with some new items, a smile and were left with 4 black bags of clothing for charity. The charity we chose in this case was the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Manenberg, Cape Town which is a centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse.
If you do decide to host a party, write to us and tell us how it goes, which are your favourite charities and why. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post to our blog.
- Just remember to keep a dice handy so that should there be a quibble you can roll the dice to see who gets to a try the garment first.
- You can even do a bit of a run way ‘speel’ and if you aren’t sure about an item ask your friends to vote.
- When doing your regular shopping, buy extra toilet rolls, tinned foods, soap, diapers, toothpaste and toothbrushes, ask friends to bring these along to the party simultaneously as for most charities these everyday items we take for granted, are unavailable.
- Teach your children to donate their old toys, books and puzzles. Every 6 months go through their toys and ask them which toys they would like to give a child with no toys. Take them with you when you go and drop them off. You will be surprised at how good they feel after seeing that they can really make a difference to this world with such a simple gesture.