Suit Me Up 2016
Smart Shoppers Bag Big Bargains and Support a Good Cause
Hundreds of shoppers flocked to the Association of Female Executive’s clothing sale on Saturday October 1st on the lookout for great bargains and a chance to support a good cause. Before the doors opened for Suit Me Up 2016, a line of bargain hunters were already waiting to enter the Association’s signature event. AFETT has been holding the sale of gently used clothing for 14 years. Part proceeds from the event go towards funding its community projects - including two bursaries delivered annually to female UWI (University of the West Indies) students. In keeping with the organisation’s goal - “making women winners”, the event is also marketed to women who might not otherwise be able to afford work appropriate clothing for their jobs or for attending interviews.
The sale items were collected through donations collected at drop-off points all over the country. Shoppers were able to purchase business attire, formal wear, accessories and shoes, often at as much as 80% discounted prices. Some of the bargain hunters have been attending the event every year since its inception.
Local entrepreneurs were also present selling their goods and services at rented booths in the facility. Ate Logo, Avenue 8 Boutique, C&L Enterprises and Established Styles sold clothing items. Bc Java Corp and My Curvee Confidence promoted their health and weight maintenance products; the Government Human Resources Services Ltd provided information about government HR and recruitment while Guardian Group promoted their insurance services.
As an NPO (Not for Profit Organisation), AFETT depends on the support of volunteers, the public, businesses and corporate sponsors.
This year, the Association expressed its appreciation for the many volunteers who assisted, including several students from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and Sandra Basheer, Lecturer, Events Management, who helped to coordinate them. All volunteers worked hard, assisting with the sorting of clothing, setting up, cashing and various tasks. AFETT also expresses its appreciation for the coverage received from the media, particularly the Trinidad Express as well as the Trinidad Guardian and the Newsday, and the radio stations Ebony 104 and Power 102. The Association thanks the businesses that served as drop-off points for donations: C Spot; Kids Republic; Arima Shopping Centre and Camilleon Consulting. Corporate sponsors for Suit Me Up 2016 included Blue Waters, Chapmans, Closet Red, Coffee Express, Courts, the Digicel Foundation, La Source Environmental Design, Petrotrin, SM Jaleel, Sound Room Productions, the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA), the University of the West Indies (UWI), Unit Trust Corporation (UTC), Youtopiatt and Zoom Caribbean. Special thanks also goes to Structural and Mechanical Agencies, DJ Elijah Harrison, and security team Courtney Serrette and Olivierre.