Profits from the sale of the women’s and men’s wear will be invested into Citizen Advocacy Eastern Suburbs, which assists the area’s most marginalised people.
Miriam Perkins, who is the Secretary, Committee of Management, is hopeful the shop will help Citizen Advocacy Eastern Suburbs become the first independently-funded such office in Australia, while also shining a positive light on people with disabilities.
‘We want the public to see that people with disabilities matter,’ Mrs Perkins said.
‘When human beings are involved, we are not always good at doing things nicely to other people who are less able than us. It’s just the nature of who we are.’
The Designer 2 shop has been in the planning for the last two years, and although it only opens on Saturdays, its opening days and times will be incrementally extended.
‘We trust that its success will be such that within a realistic time-frame, staff may be employed to once again recommence the good work of Citizen Advocacy Eastern Suburbs on behalf of people with disabilities,’ Mrs Perkins said.
‘We trust the necessary preparation has been done and that with continued good planning, this is the beginning of the first independently-funded Citizen Advocacy office in Australia,
‘It is very important to note that without the generous donations over the nine years of an ardent supporter of our work, who wishes to remain anonymous, we would not be where we are today.