Fire wrecks clothing bank

2019-06-18 06:00
The Clothing Bank before the fire.

The Clothing Bank before the fire.

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The Clothing Bank (TCB), an acclaimed social entrepreneurship programme, is appealing to the public to donate any good quality second-hand clothing items to build up stock.

TCB suffered a major set back, following a huge loss of stock when a fire broke out on Sunday 26 May at their Cape Town branch in Thornton.

Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries. However, the fully stocked warehouse and administration offices were completely destroyed.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

“We are deeply saddened by the fire but we are working hard to get up and running as soon as possible to limit the impact on our traders,” says Tracey Gilmore, chief operating officer (COO) of the programme.

Traders left in need

With over 400 women traders depending on the Cape Town branch for their livelihoods, The Clothing Bank is in dire need to collect clothing merchandise for their deprived beneficiaries.

Founded in 2010, The Clothing Bank provides opportunities for unemployed mothers to learn the skills required to become entrepreneurs by helping them to set up their own trading businesses using clothing donated by South African retailers.

The programme currently supports 760 mothers across its five branches in Cape Town, Paarl, East London, Durban, and Johannesburg.

In the meantime, the public can drop off any donated clothing at selected Woolworths stores which include Waterford, Paarl, Blue Route, Cavendish and Bayside or at 31 Thor Circle in Thornton.

An additional collection point has been set-up at Decorwoods, 42 Main Road in Bergvliet.

V Arrangements can also be made to collect donated items. For more information, send an email to info@theclothingbank.org.za.

The Clothing Bank (TCB), an acclaimed social entrepreneurship programme, is appealing to the public to donate any good quality second-hand clothing items to build up stock.

TCB suffered a major set back, following a huge loss of stock when a fire broke out on Sunday 26 May at their Cape Town branch in Thornton.

Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries. However, the fully stocked warehouse and administration offices were completely destroyed. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. “We are deeply saddened by the fire but we are working hard to get up and running as soon as possible to limit the impact on our traders,” says Tracey Gilmore, chief operating officer (COO) of the programme.

With over 400 women traders depending on the Cape Town branch for their livelihoods, TCB is in dire need to collect clothing merchandise for their deprived beneficiaries.

Founded in 2010, TCB provides opportunities for unemployed mothers to learn the skills required to become entrepreneurs by helping them to set up their own trading businesses using clothing donated by South African retailers.

The programme currently supports 760 mothers across its five branches in Cape Town, Paarl, East London, Durban, and Johannesburg.

In the meantime, the public can drop off any donated clothing at selected Woolworths stores which include Waterford, Paarl, Blue Route, Cavendish and Bayside or at 31 Thor Circle in Thornton. An additional collection point has been set-up at Decorwoods, 42 Main Road in Bergvliet.

V Arrangements can also be made to collect donated items. For more information, send an email to info@theclothingbank.org.za.

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