Fashion sale fundraiser aims to bring women’s support service, Dress for Success, to Shoalhaven | South Coast Registry

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Diane Lamb is on a mission to empower the women of Shoalhaven, and it all started with one costume. It was a suit that had sat in the closet since Mrs. Lamb retired from her corporate career. Not content with collecting dust or simply going to a charity trash can, she set out to find someone in need who could use some good work clothes. This quest led her to Dress for Success – an organization that provides professional support and professional attire to women in need – and she found a new ambition to bring life-changing service to Shoalhaven. READ MORE: Today Ms Lamb is planning her first big Dress for Success fundraiser: a huge market day, selling quality pre-loved fashion, homewares, art and “everything but the kitchen sink”. Market day is this Saturday March 19 from 9am at Country Club Sanctuary Point. Merchandise, venue and even behind-the-scenes services were donated by local residents and businesses, in an encouraging show of support for the initiative. All money raised on market day will go to Dress for Success, to enable the women of Shoalhaven to access the service. Ms Lamb said the funds will go a long way to improving the lives of local women in need. “We are going to create a network in the Shoalhaven, to make connections and help women re-enter the workforce,” she said. “That’s what Dress for Success does. It’s a holistic thing: mentorship, training programs, resume writing, interview techniques.” clothes outside, and they can keep outfits. .. because you have no money [for clothes] when you start working. For more than a year, Ms. Lamb collected items for Market Day and Dress for Success. The spare bedroom of her home in the Coastal Waters retirement village is filled almost to the ceiling with crates, clothes and racks. In addition to collecting items, she worked hard to build a project team, conduct a feasibility study for the future service, and train as a Dress for Success volunteer. Ultimately, the goal is to give women of Shoalhaven a new beginning after Ms Lamb said it was about more than just clothes, although it could be a good starting point. “The first impression someone shows up for an interview has such an impact on an employer…but some may not be able to afford basics like toiletries, or I didn’t learn how to present myself in a job interview,” she said. “So it’s a very holistic thing. If you can help a woman and empower her, then you can change a family and changing society.” All money raised from market day will be used to expand the Dress for Success service in Shoalhaven. The fundraiser was supported by residents of Coastal Waters, Bay and Basin Community Resources, LendLease and local businesses such as The Country Club and Hunt Removals.Powered by volunteers, Dress for Success helps more than 3,000 women find employment across New South Wales each year.The signature styling service and after de Career The support offerings aim to help women s overcoming prejudice and discrimination when entering or re-entering the workforce – at no cost to women who need the services.



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