Matching donations with those in need
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.”
GIVIT state manager Anna Presser and Breast Cancer Care WA client liaison officer Natalie Lewis with some of the goods being donated.