Fashion parade at Ocean Grove

ocean grove fashion paradeThe Ocean Grove Uniting Church congregation recently hosted a Spring Fashion Parade to raise funds for local and overseas communities.

The church op-shop, called ‘The Dove’, has been operating in the coastal town for the past five years. During that time, it has donated more than $335,000 to schools, agencies, non-profit organisations and international development groups.

In September, the congregation organised a community fashion parade where they sold garments, shoes, jewellery and other pre-owned items in need of a new home. More than $1321 was raised from the event.

“It was most rewarding, with proceeds going to the church and The Dove and lots of fun with afternoon tea,” Lois Matheson, Ocean Grove UC secretary, said.

“To meet new folks with positive feedback makes it all worthwhile. We are so grateful for the generous donations and public support.”

The main beneficiaries from the sales are UnitingCare Geelong and its education assistance program. Four local government schools also regularly receive funding from The Dove, along with approximately 20 other recipients.

Like most op-shops, The Dove relies on the hard work of numerous volunteers to sort garments, arrange displays and size pre-owned clothing. It currently has 70 volunteers who assist from Monday to Saturday.

“It is a great effort, with many volunteers from the wider community,” Ms Matheson said.

The Dove is located at 107-109 The Parade in Ocean Grove. It is open on Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.

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