CONGRATULATIONS to the team behind Recycled Runway, which won the 2021 award for South Australian Community Event of the Year.

Since its inception eight years ago, Recycled Runway has grown to become not only a key social event for the Mount Gambier community, but played an instrumental role in highlighting the important issue of textile waste, one of the largest contributors to landfill.

It is also a wonderful annual fundraiser for ac.care, inspiring creativity and skills development across the community.

Recycled Runway is an opportunity for people to showcase their fashion and sewing flair while demonstrating how this can be achieved using recycled items from the Anglican Bell Tower Op-Shop.

Designers create stunning new outfits from random bags of second-hand items for the parade, often completely dismantling garments to make use of the materials.

Despite a year of uncertainty in 2020, the committee hosted a successful COVID-19 safe event Recycled Runway – Art Deco, inspired by Agatha Christie and showcasing local talent, encouraging recycling and raising a record amount of more than $7000, with $4500 of proceeds donated to ac.care

“The 2020 event really brought the community together and the design and construction phase of the competition gave participants something to focus on during lockdown,” Recycled Runway committee member Leanne Dunn said.

Entries came from further afield than in any other year and included entrants from as far away as Adelaide.

“A local mother collected a bag of clothes in the open category as a way of helping her daughter to learn to sew,” Leanne said.

“She came back the next day as her other three children all wanted to take part as designers, sewers and models – it was a real family affair.”

The decision to proceed with an event during the pandemic presented its challenges, but the committee ensured the event adhered to all government requirements, including social distancing.

“Food was served in compostable containers and drinks were served in glassware sourced from second-hand stores,” Ms Dunn said.

“Despite having over 200 guests at a catered event, there was only one small garbage bag of waste that wasn’t compostable or recyclable.”

The 2020 event was held at the St Martin’s Lutheran College gymnasium after growing significantly from the first instalment in 2013 as a one-off event at the Mount Gambier Library during Environment Month.

Many local businesses and community members supported the function, contributing to the fundraising result.

“The event has evolved into a year-round affair incorporating a sustainable fashion scholarship, upcycling workshops, fashion parade and participation in the annual Christmas parade,” Ms Dunn said.

The event was also a key to Mount Gambier’s success in the Sustainable Communities Awards and formed part of City of Mount Gambier’s winning entry in the 2019 KESAB Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards.

“Following the success of the state awards, the Recycled Runway committee made a presentation to the national judges, which was instrumental in the city taking out the national resource recovery and waste management category,” Ms Dunn said.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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