Congratulations! You’ve graduated from university and are now embarking on your first real job. But money is tight after all those years studying, and your student attire consists of sweat pants and a hoodie. Thanks goodness for Suits for Success. With professional clothing donations, new grads and other job seekers only have to worry about getting their dream job and not what they’ll wear to land it.
Keeping underused clothes out of landfill
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the charitable initiative Suit for Success. The programme—powered by Women in Finance Asia (WiFA) with sponsorship from Pure Yoga & Fitness and LaLa Move—has been organising the collection and distribution of gently worn clothing to young people and disadvantaged people who are entering mentorship programs, internships, academic interviews and the workplace. In 2017, Suits for Success received 3,000 kilograms of clothing, worked with 101 volunteers, and received donations from 51 corporate partner firms.
Donating and recycling of clothes is a win-win for the people of Hong Kong:
- Nice clothes make you feel equal in new environments—one less stress!
- Enjoy a boost in self-confidence: feel good by looking good.
- Clothing distribution encourages inclusion into society for isolated groups.
- Training workshops provide essential skills required for work or interviews.
- Reusing and recycling keeps textile waste out of landfills.
Your New Year’s resolution to clean out your closet just got so much easier.
Collection points for clothing donations
From February 12 to March 8, gently worn professional clothes can be dropped off at Pure Fitness & Yoga locations, and Eaton House, with an additional 50+ corporate partners providing collection facilities for their employees. Beneficiaries of this campaign include Project Share, Hong Kong Federation of Business Students (HKFBS) and Friends of the Earth. The full list of corporates providing collection facilities can be accessed through this link.
Website: Suits for Success
So now you’ve cleaned out your closet, given a job seeker an equal chance at employment, and kept your textile waste out of our landfills. Well done you, and well done Suits for Success!
Written By: Adriane Rysz