Clothing Swap Fundraising Theater Trip

Clothing exchange

A CHARITY clothing swap is taking place to raise funds for a traveling theater trip from Southbourne to the Himalayas.

The Big Swish is a giant clothing swap and acts as another stop to the Himalayas for The Yak Pack Theater Project.

Buyers can exchange good quality pre-loved clothes at Immanuel Church Hall in Southbourne on Saturday February 26.

Yak Pack singer Penny Falzoni said: “Swishing is the antidote to fast fashion, and it’s really a lot of fun.

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“It’s a great opportunity to get rid of all those clothes you no longer wear, swap them out for outfits you’ve fallen in love with, and all for a good cause too.

“You can bring good quality clothes, shoes and handbags for men, women or children.”

The rails are open from 3-5 p.m., with first dibs at 3 p.m. for anyone bringing swaps, and open to everyone from 3:30 p.m.

Admission is £5 and you can choose up to 10 items.

There will be tea and cake, a chocolate raffle donated by local shops and storytelling at 4pm from the Treehouse Theater to entertain the little ones.

Organizer Louisa Lindsey-Clark said: “The Yak Pack theater project in 2018 brought over 1,800 schoolchildren to theater performances in the remote Spiti Valley in the Himalayas. We will be back this been to build on that success, especially now after Covid has had such a detrimental impact on education around the world.

Actor Ben Lindsey-Clark said: “The people of the Spiti Valley have asked us to come back, with a play that explores the issue of plastic pollution, which is an equally relevant issue here in Dorset. We will perform the new play in Dorset in June, before going to India in July.

The Yak Pack will perform the new play in schools, bring books to school libraries, hold recycling workshops to turn discarded trash into props for the show, and help clean trash from hiking routes.

Penny Falzoni said: “We need to make sure we reach as many people as possible in Spiti and even a few pounds will help us achieve our goals. The Big Swish is a chance to find new outfits you love and help a good cause at the same time”

Clothing left over after the Swish will be donated to The Footprints Project, which helps women break the cycle of crime and recidivism.

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