Singapore’s favourite pre-loved fashion bazaar is back, as Pasar Glamour 2021 arrives this December. Founded by Singaporean actresses Pam Oei, Janice Koh and Petrina Kow, Pasar Glamour is a is a not-for-profit social enterprise run wholly by volunteers, and since 2017, has held jumble sales to sell pre-loved clothing at affordable prices and raise some funds for charity.
This year, the team has decided to collaborate with leading luxury resale marketplace HuntStreet for a hybrid charity sale event that will take place from 4th to 5th December 2021. This follows on from the successful hybrid online sale event last November, where they raised nearly $150,000 in support of performing artists who had lost their jobs due to the shutdown of shows due to the pandemic.
“Our partnership with HuntStreet makes a lot of sense for us as it takes away several logistical challenges which we face each year.”– Actress and co-founder of Pasar Glamour Janice Koh.
“Additionally, their existing large community of sellers and buyers meant that we now have an even wider donors’ pool to also support our efforts; by either donating their preloved luxury items or shop for a cause,” adds Pam Oei, co-founder of Pasar Glamour.
“The introduction to Pasar Glamour was almost kismet. From the first meeting, we realised very quickly both Pasar Glamour and HuntStreet share very similar values and beliefs in how we can all play a part and use our resources to help those badly affected by Covid-19,” says Tresor Anne Tan, Chief Operating Officer at HuntStreet.
As with every edition, this year’s proceeds will go directly to the beneficiary organisations, with this round’s fundraiser in aid of the vulnerable groups most affected by the pandemic – women, youths and migrant workers. “Apart from the charity sale, 10 per cent of Huntstreet’s online sales generated from 6 to 17 December 2021 will also be donated to our fundraiser. We are truly excited to be able to give back to our community and show support for Pasar Glamour and its beneficiaries,” says Janice Winata, co-founder of HuntStreet
This year’s beneficiaries are Limitless, Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME), and The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), with Pasar Glamour aiming to raise awareness and funds to support their work. “This year, we are focusing our efforts on the people who are suffering in silence. The mental health situation with our youth is desperate. Our migrant workers are under immense stress from being in lockdown for 18 months now. Sexual violence is on the rise because more people are staying home,” says Petrina Kow, co-founder of Pasar Glamour.
Deishi Gill, who serves as Executive Director of H.O.M.E commented that whilst the pandemic has affected people from all walks of life, low-wage migrant workers have been disproportionately affected. “HOME works with the most vulnerable individuals in our population. We have been witnessing an increasing number of cases at both our helpdesks (Domestic and Non-Domestic) on a daily basis.”
According to a Straits Times article published in August, migrant workers living in dormitories have been in lockdown for the past 18 months despite over 90 per cent of them being fully vaccinated, and this reality has put tremendous strain on their mental health. “Your contributions will go directly towards supporting HOME’s efforts in ensuring the safety and well-being of our vulnerable migrant worker community during these precarious and uncertain times, and to provide them with much-needed essentials, healthcare, housing, and emergency financial, case support and medical assistance.”
AWARE’s Executive Director Corinna Lim shared that sexual violence in Singapore is on the rise as more people are staying home. In fact, the number of survivors seeking support at their Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) has tripled between 2016 and 2020.
“Unfortunately, the institutional funding we receive is not enough to keep up with the growing number of survivors who need us. This year alone, we have a record 1,018 cases and this continues to rise. That’s why we have launched the Hope In The Dark Campaign with a goal to raise $350,000 in order to prevent and address sexual violence,” she says.
Limitless is a non-profit organization that provides mental health support and therapy for youths aged 12-25. According to Founder Asher Low, there has been a huge increase of young people in Singapore needing mental health services in this year alone due to the pandemic, with over 750 youths approaching them for therapy and support compared to 373 last year.
“More funding would help us hire counsellors, social workers, and psychologists to provide these youths with the help they deserve, and to give our existing mental health professionals a much-needed breather,” says Asher.
Over the years, Pasar Glamour has grown in scale with the help and support of many of its volunteers, donors, and partners from the art and fashion community. Today, it has grown to become one of the most anticipated pre-loved clothing sales of the year and raises funds for charitable organizations in Singapore that support women and children in vulnerable circumstances as well as the Arts. This December, get yourself some fabulous new pre-loved accessories and clothes for your wardrobe, while doing your part for charity, as Pasar Glamour returns.
Pasar Glamour 2021 runs from 4th to 5th December 2021 at HuntStreet’s showroom at 201 Henderson Road, #04-10 Apex@Henderson Singapore 159545, and online at www.huntstreet.sg. Tickets available here. More information available on their website and Instagram