Clothes Swappin’ occasion in Kelowna is elevating cash for charity – Kelowna Information

Victoria Femia

A Kelowna photographer is hosting the second Clothing Swappin’ event to raise money for the KGH Foundation and awareness about the impacts of fast fashion.

The event is semi-annual, held in the spring and fall, to give women the opportunity to go through their wardrobe twice a year and shop for new pieces at a fraction of the cost.

“You can bring up to 10 items of clothing, the night before the event. We go through all the items of clothing to make sure everything is free of stains and tears and to make sure that everybody’s capable of coming in to bring home some nice quality pieces,” said Pala Kovacs, CEO of Captured Experience and host of the event .

Kovacs says on the day of the event, attendees can take as many pieces as they brought in, the day before.

The event will include live music and up to 500 pieces of clothing to choose from.

Last fall’s clothing swap raised money for the Fairy Creek blockade and this year, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Kelowna General Hospital. Any remaining clothing will be donated to the Women’s Shelter.

“The whole reason I started this event was to not only raise awareness around fast fashion, but to be able to donate some money towards climate change initiatives. Right now with COVID during spring, we just decided to donate the funds to the KGH Foundation,” said Kovacs.

“The charity’s will rotate through kind of whatever’s going on and whoever needs the helping hand is where we’ll donate the money too.”

Along with raising money for charity, Kovacs is raising awareness of the negative effects brought on by fast fashion.

Fast fashion sees clothing brands consistently restocking their shelves with new items, to stay up to date on current fashion trends, resulting in a mass production of clothes that Kovacs says has a huge impact on the environment, because the clothes that go to waste end up in landfills.

The Clothing Swappin’ event takes place May 1 from 10 am to 2 pm at Okanagan Lifestyle, 1295 Cannery Lane #115.

Attendees are asked to bring in their washed, stain-and-tear-free clothes they wish to swap on April 30 between 2 pm and 7 pm at Okanagan Lifestyle.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online.

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