Volunteer Appreciation Award

November 2017

Clothes4U received a Volunteer Appreciation Award from the Honourable Greg Hunt MP at a ceremony last week! 

President Veronica and Secretary Barb accepted the award on behalf of Clothes4U! 

From left:
Gregory Hunt (MP), Veronica Whittaker (C4U President, Barbara Fox (C4U Secretary)

Styling Presentation

October 2017

Clothes4U were treated to a very fun & informative styling presentation by Gloria from Your Style Mentor !

She taught us all about body shape and colour so we can improve our styling skills for our clients.

Thank you Gloria for the wonderful presentation.

From Left:
Gloria (Your Style Mentor),  Gloria and Liz (C4U Volunteer)

Clothes4U Trivia Night

October 2017

Our trivia night was a great success!

We had so much fun and the best part is that all money raised will go straight back into Clothes4U!

Thank you to everyone who came and helped organise the evening!

Revamped Jewellery

September 2017

Clothes4u received a generous donation of some lovely jewellery pieces from Revamped Jewellery Boutique

Revamped Jewellery is a not for profit organisation collecting funds to support women’s charities locally and internationally.

Thank you ladies for a lovely day and it is great we can collaborate with such a great organisation.

Visit their stall at Bentons Square Community Centre, 145 Bentons Rd, Mornington, Victoria. The stall hours are 10.00-15.00 Tuesdays.


Beautiful Scarves

August 2017

Thank You Sophie

Sophie is a Year 9 student from Balcombe Grammar School

For a community based project, she hand-made 25 beautiful scarves which she presented to Clothes4U. We couldn’t be more grateful 

Sophie interviewed our wonderful volunteer Charmaine to gain an insight into exactly what Clothes4U does and what issues we face on the Mornington Peninsula. 

Thank you Sophie for being so interested and helping to raise awareness about Clothes4U! 

Country Womens Association

June 2017

C4U had the pleasure of meeting members of the Country Women’s Association of Balnarring when our President Veronica gave a presentation outlining the services of C4U.  The ladies asked lots of questions and were extremely interested in hearing about the circumstances of our clients lives.

They donated lots of clothes and toiletries which will be used in our boutique.  They also gave us a financial donation, which was quite unexpected.  Their generosity was oustanding.

Although the CWA women may never come into contact with our clients, they will impact their lives with their kind donations.  We invited them to drop into our boutique and see first-hand what we do.

Veronica Whittaker (C4U President) with Cathryn Hart (CWA Balnarring President);

Shirley St George (Marketing Manager C4U) with Veronica Whittaker (C4U President) showing off the generous donation from Balnarring Dental care www.bdental.com.au

Shirley St George (Marketing Manager C4U) with Veronica Whittaker (C4U President) and Cathryn Hart (CWA Balnarring President) during the presentation.

The generous clothing donations given to us by the CWA ladies.  Thank you so much for your kindness.

Greg Hunt Visit

June 2017

On 2nd June 2017, The Honorable Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders, Minister for Health and Sport, visited our boutique in Rosebud. We recently received a unique grant from his department allowing us to be reimbursed for essential items purchased. For example it was essential we install split-system heating. We were also able to reimburse petrol money to volunteers who had travelled on behalf of C4U.  Prior to this grant, volunteers paid out of their own pocket with no expectation of repayment. Finding a grant for small Not-for-Profit organisations such as C4U is difficult, as quite often grants are geared to larger charities. The Minister was extremely interested in what we do and advised his assistant that:

“They are the most amazing group of women and the most generous of women. We are so fortunate to have these women in our electorate… “

To assist us in gaining more exposure, the Minister is telling our story in his monthly newsletter. We are also in receipt of a coffee maker donated by the Minister.

From Left:
Barbara Fox (secretary);
Erica McDonough (C4U Vice-President);
Minister Greg Hunt;
Veronica Whittaker (C4U President); 

Anne Pollard (C4U Boutique Manager) trying out the new coffee machine.



Rye Ladies Probus Club

May 2017

On 15th May 2017 Veronica addressed a large gathering from the Rye Ladies Probus Club.  Veronica outlined the work of Clothes4U.  She made the audience aware of what we do for our clients and the various programs that are in operation.  The presentation was well received and members of the audience were very complimentary about the work being done by our organisation.

From Left:  Veronica Whittaker (C4U President); 
Suzanne Edgington, (Rye Ladies Probus Club); 
Erica McDonough (C4U Vice-President) 

Sausage Sizzle

May 2017

Clothes4U Sausage Sizzle held on Saturday, 13 May at Bunnings, Rosebud.

We hold two of these a year and they are great fund-raisers for our organisation, enabling us to further assist our clients.

Big thanks to Bunnings for their community efforts.



International Womens Breakfast

March 2017

International Women’s Day has been observed from the early 1900’s, which was a time of great change in the Industrial world. It commemorates the struggle for women’s rights, each year they celebrate a different theme, this year the theme is ‘Be Bold For Change‘.

Prior to the day C4U dressed 11 bold Tootgarook Primary School women who were about to celebrate International Women Day in great style. You will see from the photos how wonderful these women looked.

They should feel very proud of themselves for a number of reasons.

Not so long ago they got together and came up with a wonderful idea – ‘The Lunch for Everyone Program‘. Once a week they cook lunch for a whole primary school which includes children, teachers and parents. All they ask is a gold coin donation, although if that’s not possible, no one will be turned away without a meal. These women obtained a grant to set up their project and it has turned out to be a massive success.

C4U was extremely proud to dress these creative women.

This is a fine example of what women can do when they see a need and find a way to address it. None of the group had any previous experience in this area however they were able to work it out.   A lesson for us all.

If more women got together in solidarity with others, many community problems could be solved at a local level.

This is the power of women.

Make up artistry for the mature woman

March 2017

Thank you to Sharon from Full Bloom Make Up for the wonderful demonstration at the Clothes4U boutique. Special thank you to our ‘before’ and ‘after’ models, Judy and Susan.

If anyone is interested in arranging a private demonstration please check the web site,


Grand Opening with Rosie Batty!

April 2015

The official opening of our Boutique, April 2015, with Rosie Batty – a campaigner against domestic violence towards women and Australian of the Year 2015.

Many of you will have heard Rosie Batty’s story. Her son Luke was murdered by his own father at cricket practice.

It was a horrifying event that captured the attention of the entire nation. Soon after, Rosie spoke passionately about the need to address family violence.

Since then Rosie has made it her mission to lift the burden from victims and make family violence every Australian’s business.

“If Luke hadn’t died in such an extreme way, I’d just be one of those ‘family violence’ people no one listens to”. Rosie Batty

Rosie started the Luke Batty Foundation so her son Luke did not die in vain. Now she is asking Australians to stand with her beside every victim.

Please stand with Rosie and the Never Alone campaign.

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Beyond the law- Dressing up

February 2015

Retired solicitor Veronica Whittaker puts her fashion sense to good use.

Read Veronica’s story here

Credits to the Law Institute Journal Jan/Feb 2015 89 (1/2) LIJ, p.100 – Law Institute Victoria


RACV Good Citizen Programme

August 2014

“Happy Days” at Clothes4u Rosebud due to the RACV Good Citizen Program.

We were honored to meet at our Boutique for morning tea the RACV Cape Schank resort manager Mr Conleth Roche and his lovely assistant Helen. They presented us with a cheque for a very generous financial contribution.

We are so grateful for this donation as it will help us to continue to support the women and girls in our community.

Thank you so much!