My friend Wiruungga delivers second hand clothing to remote Indigenous communities across Australia. He told me that clothing stores are far away from these remote communities, or that clothing is very expensive.
I’ve experienced this first hand now. The roads are VERY long between towns, and as you go further North the prices go higher. One shop in town had a pair of shorts priced at $89! The last time I’ve seen shorts that price are in the upmarket shops. Seeing this price in a small town with low employment opportunities just doesn’t make sense.
When I started this journey people from my local town donated second hand clothing. The people there are very familiar with donating clothing – thanks to Wiruungga’s missions over the years. There was a huge range from men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. These clothes travelled for 20+ hours North.
There are a few Indigenous communities travelling North.
At the local community centre these lovely woman were very grateful to receive clothing and went through them with their family and friends in mind.
I’ve received second hand clothing from my friends and each and every time get such a rush of joy to go through the bag of clothing. My current favourite ORANGE jumper comes from my dear friend Susan (I’d love to see Susan’s face as she reads her name on this blog!)
It was wonderful for me to observe them going through the clothing. To be truthful – I got such a rush of joy from it, and walked away with a deep feeling of satisfaction.
(**Note: Although these women gave permission for photos to be taken. I’ve chosen to display only this photo which does not show any faces.)
These communities really benefit from second hand clothing and I have the deepest gratitude to Wiruungga and the Wiruungga Organisation (not-for-profit, benevolent organisation) for doing all this work over the years, and inspiring me to do the same.