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Opening speech at Take Off Your Clothes Montreal, July 2011

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Uploaded on Jul 12, 2011

Aleece Germano, President and Founder of The S.W.A.P. Team, delivers a bilingual speech to a VIP crowd at the opening of the 6th edition of Montreal's Take Off Your Clothes on July 9, 2011.

Here is a complete transcript of the speech:

Good morning everyone!
Bonjour tout le monde !

Are you ready to swap 'til you drop?
Vous êtes prêts à échanger jusqu'à epuisement aujourd'hui ?

I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you all for being here today.
Je voulais prendre quelques minutes pour vous remercier d'être venue aujourd'hui.

It's hard to imagine that what started in a 10' x 20' tent in 2007 would take us here, to the Place des Arts, for the 6th edition of Take Off Your Clothes, North America's Biggest Clothing Swap.

C'est incroyable qu'un échange qui a commencé sous une tente de 10' x 20' nous a améné ici, à la Place des Arts, pour la 6ième édition de Déshabille-toi, le plus grand échange de vêtements en Amérique du Nord.

This event has been a tremendous challenge -- on a eu plein de gros défis pour réaliser cet événement.

I'm extremely proud of our hardworking, 100% volunteer team, who collected 344 bags of clothing from the community, sorted them by hand, and not to mention, set up this event in record time.

Je suis très fière de notre équipe de bénévoles, qui ont ramassé 344 sacs de linge, a trié tous les vêtements à main, et a installé cet événement plus vite que jamais.

Let's give it up for THEM! Merci à eux !

It takes some very special people who care about their community and their planet to pull off a feat like that.
Il s'agit des gens très passionés par leur communauté et leur planète.

As volunteers, and public servants, we are not alone in this. One year ago, we found two formidable partners who shared our vision, and helped us to grow. THANK YOU ZOOFEST, for believing in us and fueling our mission with laughter and fun. THANK YOU RENAISSANCE, for joining forces with us, to encourage simplicity and generosity across the Island of Montreal.

We're also very grateful for the support of local stylists, fashion designers and eco-friendly boutiques LUDIQUE, Valérie Dumaine, Nicole Picard, Deborah Adams, Jennifer Glasgow, Meemoza, MIR handbags, Quartier Mode, Ethik BGC, General 54, Annex Vintage and La Gaillarde.

We're thrilled to have a Boston DJ with us this weekend from one of our US chapters. Please welcome DJ THE WIG, who was detained at customs yesterday because nobody at the border believed that someone would drive all that way to volunteer their time to play music at our event.

Last but not, least, YOU, as swappers, are changing the future of consumption with us, as we work together towards more sustainable lifestyles, eclectic wardrobes and a healthier planet.

Spread the word! Sharing is good.
C'est comme ça la mode du partage.

Merci ! Thank you very much.
Have a great SWAP!

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