VCAL UPCYCLE - OLMC students saving money and our planet!

Congratulations to the Year 12 VCAL students who successfully planned and managed the OLMC UPCYCLE clothes stall last week. In an effort to bring fast fashion and the environmental issues associated with it into focus, the VCAL students collected donations from staff and students, sorted and priced them, and set up displays for the stall over 3 lunchtimes. There were some great pieces of clothing for sale, and many students and teachers picked up some fantastic bargains. OLMC Upcycle raised $325 and this money will be donated to St Vincent De Paul, with all leftover clothing being donated to Vinnies op shops. It was wonderful to see the VCAL students drive this project and achieve such success in an initiative that they feel so passionate about. Their project has raised awareness of fast fashion and clothing waste, as well as finding a new home for clothes that may have ended up in landfill.

Mrs Helen Hamblin
VCAL Coordinator

OLMC UPCYCLE was a bigger success than I thought it would be. It was awesome to see so many girls donating and also coming down to check out all the clothes. It was great to hear feedback from the teachers too. Ms Scott, who bought 6 items and was very happy with her purchases, messaged us to say, “Thank you very much VCAL for running the UPCYCLE stall. I was clearly very impressed with the selection!” We raised an amazing $325 which is fantastic and I am really proud of the efforts not only from us in VCAL and Mrs Hamblin, but also from everyone who contributed to helping to reduce fast fashion.

Bridie B. (MFTA)

I was prompted to think about a project that VCAL Year 12's could orchestrate, and we came up with the idea of running our own op shop. I have so many clothes that I have collected while online shopping in lockdown that either don't fit me or don't look like how I expected. I thought others around the school might have done the same, and when we talked in class about clothes waste, we saw an opportunity to make it happen. We raised $325 which we will donate to St Vincent De Paul as well as the remaining unsold clothes. Overall I am so surprised with how well this worked out and we were all pleased with the result!

Penelope M. (LMGL)