Thread Together opens permanent store in Lismore to help flood victims


Non-profit charity Thread Together will open a permanent clothing center at Lismore Showgrounds to help the community affected by recent flooding in the area.

The new Clothing Hub will be the largest store ever created by the organization and will sell a range of new men’s and women’s clothing, footwear and accessories and a wide selection of children’s clothing which will be made at no cost to beneficiaries.

Thread Together CEO Anthony Chesler said the company was inundated with requests for clothing in flood-affected areas.

“It soon became clear that a permanent clothing center was needed in the Lismore area. This clothing center will help people who have lost everything, most importantly, giving them the choice to access new clothes and help regain their dignity,” Chesler said.

Brand sponsor, logistics company Toll, will facilitate the weekly movement of thousands of apparel, accessories and footwear to the region. The inventory will also be updated based on feedback and demand in the respective categories.

Commonwealth Bank donated $100,000 to Thread Together Lismore Clothing Hub.

“We know that this natural disaster relief will be greater than the demand we had from the 2019/20 bushfires,” Chesler said. The brand has honed its supply chain capabilities over the past three years to act quickly and mobilize distribution within weeks in times of crisis.

Similarly, the Australian Made website featured more than 900 businesses in the flood-affected region to help consumers contribute directly to manufacturers and producers in those regions.

“Floods, fires, Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions, Australian businesses have had to overcome a number of incredible challenges over the past few years,” said Ben Lazzaro, CEO of the Australian Made Campaign.

The green and gold Kangaroo logo supported by a third-party accreditation system helps to recognize Australia’s country of origin symbol. Since the start of the pandemic, 58% of Australian businesses have reported an increase in consumer activity looking for Australian-made products.

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