Fashion sale raises funds for literacy projects

Vintage with Love fashion sale

The Vintage with Love fashion sale which takes place at the V&A Waterfront this weekend, is raising funds to boost literacy.

Proceeds from the sale, which takes place from Thursday September 29 until Sunday October 2, will be donated to 17 charities across the country which focus on improving literacy. Ten of them are based in Cape Town.

According to the organisers, both the fashion industry and literacy are facing a crisis.

In fashion, it’s reported that since the year 2000, clothing units have doubled to more than 200 billion units a year while the number of times a garment is worn has decreased by 36%. In addition to this, fashion magazine Vogue reports that the fashion industry contributes 8 to 10% of the world’s carbon dioxide output.

When it comes to literacy, statistics from the Department of Higher Education and Training show that, 4.4 million adults and 29% of children are illiterate in South Africa.

Debbie Smuts, from Vintage with Love, said previous sales had already raised more than R7 million for projects that champion literacy.

“We all have those items and accessories we no longer wear yet they could make such a difference to someone’s life and that is why this sale is so close to our hearts.”

The sale takes place at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal at the V&A Waterfront on Thursday September 29 from 4pm to 8pm; Friday September 30 from 10am to 7pm; Saturday October 1 from 10am to 6pm; and Sunday October 2 from 10am to 2pm. Tickets for Thursday are R250 each and tickets for the other days, R50 each.