Charity dos and don’ts
A NEW initiative aimed at saving Western Australian charities more than $300,000 in clean-up costs by educating the community about how to correctly donate their unwanted items has been launched.
The campaign is led by four WA charities - Good Samaritan Industries, St Vincent de Paul Society (WA) Inc, Anglicare WA and the Spine & Limb Foundation - in a bid to reduce illegal dumping of items at donation points throughout the State.
Through website www.giv.org.au and supported by an advertising campaign, the initiative seeks to educate people to put donations inside collection stations, as opposed to leaving items outside where they are often damaged, vandalised or strewn across the immediate area.
Other information includes what is and is not suitable for donation, the best locations to donate specific items, a search feature to locate nearby donation stations and how to report problems, for example vandalism.
Spokesperson for the campaign, Debbie Cameron from Good Samaritan Industries, said the charities involved generate many donations a day from more than 1000 donation bins across the State, but annual removal costs for items not placed inside the bins was estimated to be $312,000.
“This campaign is focused on educating people in the community who mean well and who want to donate their pre-loved items to charity, to ensure they place items inside a donation bin, and not adjacent to it,” she said.
Debbie Cameron from Good Samaritans said donations were welcome, and encouraged the community to donate thoughtfully.