Match­ing do­na­tions with those in need

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

AN or­gan­i­sa­tion likened to a ‘char­i­ta­ble Gumtree’ is help­ing char­i­ties in the western sub­urbs se­cure es­sen­tial items for clients.

GIVIT launched in WA just un­der a year ago, with the idea of match­ing do­na­tions with vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple who need them most.

The na­tional not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion al­ready has more than 120 char­i­ties in the state signed up to its ser­vices, including Cottes­loe-based Breast Can­cer Care WA (BCCWA).

BCCWA reg­is­tered with GIVIT last year, try­ing it out for the first time to seek a fridge for one of its clients. Within weeks, the fridge was do­nated and de­liv­ered.

Client li­ai­son of­fi­cer Natalie Lewis said GIVIT was a real ben­e­fit to the char­ity.

“GIVIT is so easy to use and such a great tool for us,” she said.

“We cur­rently have some re­quests in for a client who has breast can­cer and is cur­rently sleep­ing on the floor, so we have re­quested a fu­ton bed, chest of draw­ers, com­puter ta­ble and wardrobe.

“She is in fi­nan­cial trou­ble and just doesn't have even the ba­sic things she needs to live.

“These are things we take for granted, even when we are well.

“It is hard to imag­ine what some­one liv­ing with can­cer goes through when they don't even have ba­sic fur­ni­ture like a bed to sleep on.”

Visit www.givit.org.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d468747

GIVIT state man­ager Anna Presser and Breast Can­cer Care WA client li­ai­son of­fi­cer Natalie Lewis with some of the goods be­ing do­nated.

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