Chance to shop, with­out pay­ing

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Peo­ple will have a chance to re­duce waste in the com­mu­nity and re­duce clut­ter at home, thanks to the Com­mu­nity Cloth­ing Give­away.

The ini­tia­tive, be­ing hosted by the Raleigh Street Chris­tian Cen­tre in Leam­ing­ton, will pro­vide a one-day cloth­ing and goods en­ter­prise. Or­gan­is­ers say prices will be so low, they are ‘‘ac­tu­ally giv­ing’’ clothes away.

In fact, all cloth­ing and house­hold items will be avail­able for free. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to come and ‘‘shop’’ with­out hav­ing to pay, said event or­gan­iser, Hilly Good­win.

‘‘It’s a chance to pick up some­thing you need with­out hav­ing to spend more money.

‘‘And for those mak­ing do­na­tions, it’s a chance to re­duce the clut­ter in your home, live more min­i­mally, and give to others in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘And keep­ing that stuff out of land­fills is just as im­por­tant,’’ she said.

The idea came to Good­win af­ter Raleigh Street Chris­tian Cen­tre re­cently hosted an event fo­cused on eth­i­cal fash­ion.

It en­cour­aged guests to con­sider the en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial ef­fects of their cloth­ing con- sump­tion.

‘‘It’s that not-so-old adage about ‘re­duce, re­use, re­cy­cle’,’’ said Good­win. ‘‘Min­imis­ing waste is one of the best ways we can look af­ter the planet and each other.’’

The give­away looks to find new homes for un­wanted, but qual­ity, clothes and other house­hold items, such as ap­pli­ances, donated by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Do­na­tions can be dropped off to Raleigh Street Chris­tian Cen­tre on Thurs­day, March 22 and Fri­day, March 23, dur­ing busi­ness hours or by ar­range­ment.

For those with some spare cash, a sausage siz­zle, bake sale and cafe will also run as a fundraiser for Cam­bridge youth aim­ing to at­tend Easter camp.

Good­win hoped the event would be a way for peo­ple to share items with one an­other.

‘‘Raleigh Street is a great fa­cil­ity, and we want to use it to fa­cil­i­tate con­nec­tions and shar­ing among the Cam­bridge com­mu­nity.’’

The Com­mu­nity Cloth­ing Give­away will be held on March 24, 9am to noon, Raleigh Street Chris­tian Cen­tre in Leam­ing­ton.

For more info con­tact Viki on (021) 929 028 or viki@rscc.co.nz or Hilly on (022) 340 5767.

WAITAKARURU ARBORETUM

Suf­fi­cient funds have been raised to con­duct a re­port into cost­ings and health and safety around the Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculp­ture Park.

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