Charity drop off days find support
RESIDENTS showed their generosity with about 8.7 tonnes of donated items brought to the Town of Cambridge’s first charity drop-off day.
The local government held the first of many planned charity dropoff days after the council voted last month to ban charity bins from public land following complaints they were an eyesore with people dumping unwanted items.
Drop-off days were inspired by City of Joondalup, which held its second in February this year.
Cambridge chief executive Jason Buckley said more than 400 cars came through the administration car park on Saturday, June 11.
“As this was our first charity drop-off day we weren’t sure what we would collect,” he said.
“Based on the City of Joondalup collecting approximately 10 tonnes on their second collection day we were hoping to collect around five tonnes. The 8.7 tonnes achieved was a very pleasing result.”
Mr Buckley said five charities took part in the day, providing their own trucks.
“Residents dropping off items were asked if they had a preference of charity and, if they didn’t, staff shared the donations between the charities,” he said. “The amount each charity received was dependent on the size of their truck with all trucks, except Good Sammys, full at the end of the day. The reason the Good Sammys truck wasn’t full is because they left at noon.”
Mayor Keri Shannon voiced her objection to the idea of the Town taking on the cost for a drop-off day.
Mr Buckley said the day cost about $6000 but it was anticipated future events would cost less by reusing advertising banners and signs.
“We are looking to hold further charity drop-off days although no firm dates have been set as yet,” he said.
Councillor Rod Bradley praised the work charities do, but believed donation bins should not be left outside of the homes of residents.
Town of Cambridge councillor Jane Powell and Town officer Sarah Gould with Vinnies and Anglicare staff at the drop-off day.