The Aboriginal Family Violence and Prevention Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) held the Blak On Repeat Free Clothing Market for Aboriginal women, on Friday 1 September 2017 at Djirra Aboriginal Women’s Place.
The Blak On Repeat Free Clothing Market came after the successful completion of the 5 Week #BlakOnRepeat Wardrobe Challenge. The Challenge was devised by FVPLS Victoria staff who realised that many women only wore a small amount of clothing from their wardrobes, and still had the chance to go out and buy more, but this was not the case for everyone. “Many of the women we work with and others in communities struggle to provide the day to day necessities for their families, let alone have the ability to purchase clothing for themselves. This challenge is a chance to show support for our women, and although a fresh outfit is just a small gesture, it can make a big difference on the hardest of days,” said Ms Braybrook.
FVPLS Victoria’s Abbotsford office was transformed for the day of the market, with clothing racks spread throughout the office spaces, adorned with the many pre-loved clothing items donated. It was fantastic to see the response from the 5 week wardrobe challenge supporters and the wider community, the office was inundated with items, with more arriving on the morning of the market.
The market provided the perfect opportunity for the women FVPLS Victoria works with to pick out clothing to add to their wardrobe, as well as connect with other women and enjoy the activities on offer which included mini-manicures, a DJ and barbeque lunch. Women travelled from across the state, from as far away as Warrnambool, to join in the fun and pick out clothes for themselves and each other. It wonderful to see so many women join in thefun, and come to be a part of the market which was our first community event to be held in Djirra.
The market ended with a raffle prize draw, which saw one lucky winner walk away with a $500 Cue voucher, which was donated by a participants of the 5 Week #BlakOnRepeat Wardrobe Challenge.
FVPLS Victoria would like to thank the following suppliers who generously supported the event:
- DJ Services – Olivier Owney
- BBQ Equipment Hire – Kennard’s Hire Richmond
- Clothing racks and mirrors – Instant Retail
- Mini-manicures and Hand massages – Carlene, Wendy and Peta
- Volunteer – Tammy
FVPLS Victoria would also like to thank everyone who took part in the 5 Week #BlakOnRepeat Challenge including:
- Aboriginal Victoria
- Yarra City Council
- Reconciliation Victoria
- Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Department of Social Services
- Leisure Networks
- Fitted for Work
- Red Cross
- Inner Melbourne Community Legal
- Our Watch
- Reichstein Foundation
- Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault
- Department of Employment
- Leisure Networks
- WLK Consulting
- Ballarat Health
- Broadmeadows Children Court
- No To Violence Incorporating Men’s Referral Service
- Indigenous Land Corporation
Further coverage of the market can be viewed on FVPLS Victoria’s Facebook page,