Char­ity dos and don’ts

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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 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.

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