Char­i­ties get needs met on­line

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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

A WEB­SITE help­ing chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, women flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and a host of other char­i­ties has been given a boost in WA.

Not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Givit has been run­ning in Aus­tralia since 2009 but the ap­point­ment of Lath­lain res­i­dent Anna Presser to the role of state man­ager, thanks to the Bankwest Foun­da­tion, is the first time it has had feet on the street in WA.

The web­site en­ables char­i­ties to list what their clients need and then the pub­lic is able to do­nate di­rectly.

“Peo­ple can go on­line and see what char­i­ties are af­ter. It’s a bit like Gumtree; we are a mid­dle man that can pass on the de­tails to the pub­lic,” she said.

“In the past cou­ple of months we’ve had a sig­nif­i­cant amount of re­quests ful­filled; there was a boy liv­ing with cere­bral palsy who needed a tram­po­line for ex­er­cise and some­one was able to do­nate it.

“There was a case where women were flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and they needed some items like fridges and fur­ni­ture.

“We’ve been able to link up with about 100 char­i­ties in WA so far.”

One of the char­i­ties the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been able to help is Youth Fu­tures, a char­ity that aims to re­duce youth home­less and in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to com­plete their ed­u­ca­tion.

Youth Fu­tures chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Waite said the char­ity helped more than 4000 young peo­ple in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year and tra­di­tional fund­ing could not meet all of its needs.

“We had a client who loved the vi­o­lin but was home­less, so we put a call out and some­one had one ly­ing around,” he said.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that Givit is there be­cause we don’t have the time or re­sources to do what they do.”

Mrs Presser said it was sat­is­fy­ing to know the com­pany was able to help peo­ple in need.

“When you see the links form­ing and you get the feed­back, you get to un­der­stand what a dif­fer­ence it makes,” she said.

“Hav­ing a vir­tual net­work means that char­i­ties don’t have to sort and dis­pose of items; it saves time and re­sources.

“We have a net­work of givers but we are still look­ing for peo­ple to do­nate.”

Visit www.givit.org.au to see items the char­i­ties need.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d459100

Givit state man­ager Anna Presser with some items do­nated through Givit’s web­site.

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