Campaigns / Citizen Voices

Grahamstown Clothing Collective brings love and warmth to Joza

The Grahamstown Clothing Collective hosted their first charity event for the year, on 16th May. The purpose of the event was to distribute warm clothes to the men, women and children of Joza, who cannot afford winter clothing. Zintle Dolweni reports

The Grahamstown Clothing Collective is a group of Rhodes University students who are passionate about bringing Grahamstown people together and helping those in need. The main aim of the organisation is to involve as many people as possible in order to unite the ‘haves’ with the ‘have nots’ and clothe people who wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to get warm clothes for winter. The idea behind this particular event was to collect as much clothing as possible from people all over Grahamstown and redistribute them to people who could do with a little extra love.

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Members of the Grahamstown Clothing Collective, as well as volunteers for the day

Donations came from Rhodes residences such as Centenary, Hobson House and Ellen Khuzwayo. St Andrews Primary School also donated boxes filled with clothing and brand new school shoes. Rhodes University management also donated a

few ‘Rhodes Catering Staff’ cardigans.

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Volunteer Yolie Mdzeke (right) takes a moment to play with a little girl

The event was held at the Salvation Army Church in Joza and volunteers were encouraged to treat the needy to “an authentic shopping experience” The clothing was arranged as though one was at a clothing store, with different sections for menswear, ladies and children’s clothes. Whenever someone walked through the door, they were immediately greeted with a friendly smile and had their own ‘personal shopping assistant’ as they made their way around the ‘store’ Once they had picked out their clothes, they proceeded to the door, where the ‘cashier’ for the day, Megan De Jager, folded up the clothes and put them in a shopping bag.

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Everyone that walked through the door was greeted with smile, from a friendly volunteer

The event was highly successful as everybody who walked into the church, managed to walk out with a few items in hand. There were many clothes left over, , volunteers stood outside the church and handed more clothing items to those who were still standing outside.

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Volunteers handing out cardigans to the crowd

This was the first of the two annual events by the GCC. One of the members and event coordinators, Robyn McQueen, stated that the aim is to turn this into a long term initiative and one of the goals of the GCC is to attract the attention of potential sponsors. If you are interested in donating or being a part of this worthy cause, you can find more information on their Facebook page: Grahamstown Clothing Collective.

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