Char­ity drop off days find sup­port

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

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.

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