The Clothing Project, based in Edgecumbe, came into being in February 2013. Amy Revell, the founder and one of the coordinators of The Clothing Project, started it from her garage, sourcing clothes for little children for families who were so poor that they often had to choose between food and necessary clothing for the kids. Amy was soon joined by her schoolmate Kylie Carpenter who is also one of the coordinators of The Project, who also ached to do something positive, right at the grassroots level. 

Amy Revell

The Clothing Project have managed substantial work already, covering most of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, including reaching out to people even on the occasion of the devastating floods in April 2017, which left the town of Edgecumbe wrecked. In collaboration with Volunteering Bay of Plenty (VolBop) that coordinated with the NAVA (Ngati Awa Volunteer Army), they worked in impossible circumstances to the best of their capacity to help to those affected by the floods. Both Amy and Kylie acknowledged the support they received from VolBop where they liaised with the local authorities bringing great support to Amy and Kylie in a situation where everything was up in the air. 

If they did not have a rocking sense of humour, and if they were not looking like school girls on a picnic, what they have managed to accomplish would look more like the work of highly experienced boardroom helming, iron willed business women in power suits. Kylie and Amy are anything but that. The atmosphere is like a family gathering where people just drop in to chill out with each other while lending a hand with whatever is going on there. Both are mothers, and both have lives full of responsibilities that could overwhelm a mortal being. But they are a powerhouse of enthusiasm with a hefty dose of positivity. Looking at the mad amount of work surrounding them, their achievement is incredible in terms of outreach and expansion.

Amy & Kylie with their award

Having achieved the Runner-Up position in the Health and Wellbeing category of the 2017, Trustpower Community Awards, the team is excited about more upcoming events for 2018.

If you want to know more about what they do, or if you want to help, you can find them on their Facebook page or  their Website

Submitted by Bushra Ansari,  journalist at Volunteering Bay of Plenty



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