Ill will to­wards char­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

Do­ing it tough: char­i­ties and res­i­dents speak out against theft and van­dal­ism of good­will bins.

HEART­LESS thieves have been steal­ing from char­ity bins and trash­ing what they do not want, cost­ing char­i­ties hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars.

The Good Sa­mar­i­tan and St Vin­cent de Paul bins on the cor­ner of Monash Av­enue and Mur­ray Street in Como have be­come such a prob­lem that South Perth coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing re­mov­ing them.

Ac­cord­ing to Deb­bie Cameron, di­vi­sional man­ager of com­mer­cial oper­a­tions for Good Sa­mar­i­tan In­dus­tries, theft, van­dal­ism and illegal dump­ing cost the char­ity more than money.

“In terms of dump­ing, in the last fi­nan­cial year we in­curred more than $200,000 in costs dis­pos­ing of other peo­ple’s rub­bish, money that has to be di­verted away from our mis­sion-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties,” Ms Cameron said.

“Items have been do­nated to the char­ity in good faith from res­i­dents and it’s just poor form to steal from a char­ity.”

Carl Prowse, ex­ec­u­tive man­ager so­cial en­ter­prise at St Vin­cent de Paul, said it was in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing that a few peo­ple’s thought­less ac­tions could af­fect so many.

“Vin­nies sup­ported over 38,000 peo­ple in WA last year, of which many would have re- ceived items do­nated through our col­lec­tion bins,” Mr Prowse said.

“The im­pact for us, like other char­i­ties, is a drain on fi­nan­cial and hu­man re­sources, which are di­rected away from our core work of pro­vid­ing help to peo­ple in need in Western Aus­tralia.

“Gen­uine peo­ple do­nate in good faith with the belief that they are help­ing peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who are do­ing it tough.”

Both char­i­ties have in­creased pick-ups and se­cu­rity mea­sures in a bid to stop theft, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing chute sizes and im­prov­ing lock­ing mech­a­nisms, cost­ing them more money.

Como res­i­dent Jan Sem­ple said she had seen the re­sults of the van­dal­ism and theft for years and most re­cently, res­i­dents dump­ing rub­bish.

“How cruel can these peo­ple be to these char­i­ties, tak­ing stuff out and at other times I see lazy peo­ple dump­ing rub­bish,” Mrs Sem­ple said.

“We have caught peo­ple leav­ing fur­ni­ture and asked them why they are do­ing it and they say they don’t want to take it home.

“We tell them if they don’t take it home, we will take down their rego and give it to the ranger; you don’t just dump it.”

The bins are on land owned by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Col­lier Pri­mary School and the City of South Perth have been dis­cussing res­i­dents’ con­cerns and are look­ing into re­mov­ing them from the site.

Pic­ture Jon Hew­son d440827b

Ni­cholas Tuharak­ina, of Good Sam­mies, and Carl Prowse, of St Vin­nies, at the van­dalised Como bins.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d440827

Ni­cholas Tuharak­ina, of Good Sam­mies, and Carl Prowse, of St Vin­nies, at the bins.

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