Accessory fundraiser puts ‘fun’ into the mix

A group of compassionate Victoria women have proven they can have fun, clean out their closets, and help other women at the same time.

A group of compassionate Victoria women have proven they can have fun, clean out their closets, and help other women at the same time.

The women raised more than $2,100 for the Wear2Start Society in one fun evening called Baubles and Bubbles, which started with a simple ‘gem’ of an idea — hold a jewelry exchange among friends to make room for new fashionable items.

“We talked about how much stuff we all had and thought we should do an exchange,”said Susan Bourjeaurd, who organized the event that took place earlier this month at a residence, along with friends Lori Nolt, Tara Hearn and Sue Bosdet. When they recognized they could use the event to raise funds for a worthy cause, planning started in earnest.

“Women are happy to help other women and here we got to have a fun evening and get our closets cleared out,” she said.

The Wear2Start Society is a non-profit organization and registered charity that helps women who have completed a job training program make their best impressions in job interviews and the workplace by providing them with a wardrobe.

Throughout the years it has assisted thousands of women in need gain confidence and increased chances of employment through a more polished appearance.

Run by volunteers, Wear2Start relies on fundraising and donations of gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories suitable for the workplace. For information on how to donate clothing or funds, please see the website wear2start.com.