Is your wardrobe overflowing with clothes that you don't wear? We've all been there, and we've all been too busy to do anything about it. Through its op-shops, Australian Red Cross finds a new home for your pre-loved outfits, shoes and accessories, with proceeds going towards its charity efforts — but we all know that wanting to donate your old threads is one thing and finding the time to do it is another.
That's why Australian Red Cross has once again partnered with Uber for its annual Uber x Red Cross Clothing Drive.Last year, it collected over 41,000 kilograms of clothing, which saw clothing items worth an estimated $800,000 donated. And you'd best take the drive part literally, as the ride-sharing service will actually drive to your house, pick up your unwanted clothes and deliver them to Red Cross Shops. Even better — it's not only super easy to take part, but it's free as well.
If you're a resident of Sydney's CBD, eastern suburbs, lower north shore or inner west, make sure you're ready between 12pm and 4pm on Sunday, June 3. Once you've bagged up all your old bits and pieces (items you'd happily give your best friend, and no toys, books, furniture or electrical objects), it's all incredibly simple.
Open the Uber app during that four-hour window, find the Uber x Red Cross Clothing Drive card, tap 'request' and confirm your pickup location. An Uber driver will then stop outside your house, and you just need to take your preloved goods out to their car. Voila, you've cleared out your closet and you've helped folks in need, all with the tap of a button.
For the first time, the Uber x Red Cross Clothing Drive will also include a Farewell Fashion Show. Hosted by Jackie O, the fashion show will feature a who's who of Sydney taking to the runway to say goodbye to their old outfits.
To inspire you to donate (and to go op-shopping), we're giving away 30 double passes to the inaugural runway show, to be held at Paddington Town Hall from 6pm on Thursday, May 31.