Keep the aid coming
CHARITIES say assistance for victims of the South-West bushfires will be required for some time, as they struggle to sort through and distribute the huge number of items that have already been donated.
St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick reiterated that the best way people could help was through financial donations, but was grateful that Perth businesses were assisting charities like his that have reached bursting point for other donations.
“We are grateful that people have recognised us as an important avenue for the distribution of welfare support, however we do not have the capacity or resources to accept any further in-kind donations,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“If the Perth public are able to deliver their donations to alternative locations, like Hawaiian’s shopping centres, it most certainly alleviates the pressure.”
Hawaiian is working with the Waroona Recovery Committee, which is co-ordinating a collection of household goods. Its chain of shopping centres have reinstalled Gold Giving Boxes, their donation collection points used during the Christmas season, to accept items that people want delivered to those in Yarloop, Waroona and other SouthWest fire-affected areas.
Suggested donations include new small kitchen appliances, dinnerware, bathroom and bedroom linen, children’s toys and toiletries.
“We will ensure that these goods are delivered directly to the recovery teams on the ground,” Hawaiian chief executive Russell Gibbs said.
Mr Fitzpatrick said the community had been overwhelmingly generous in its response to helping people affected by the bushfires.
“The Vinnies shops, especially at Waroona and Pinjarra, have been inundated with goods and we have had to call on Vinnies volunteers in Perth to go to the shops and help sort items, as the shops are beyond capacity,” he said. “People’s need will be ongoing for some time and Vinnies will continue to provide assistance and support as long as there is a need.”
Sian Thompson donates goods with The Mezz client services manager Sophie Brinklow.