Mouldy goods sent to char­ity

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

Peo­ple leav­ing goods and mouldy fur­ni­ture out­side the Com­mu­nity Chest and The Op Shop after hours is caus­ing frus­tra­tion and in­cur­ring un­nec­es­sary costs for the char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The Op Shop trea­surer Paula Green­hill says out­side of shop hours peo­ple reg­u­larly leave un­sellable soggy, mouldy mat­tresses, couches and other goods.

She says the goods aren’tget­ting wet by be­ing left out­side un­til the store opens, some fur­ni­ture has lay­ers of black mould and ei­ther peo­ple don’t want to dis­card of it them­selves or aren’t check­ing be­fore it’s do­nated.

The Op Shop must pay the dump­ing fee for these goods and al­though it is a char­ity, it does not re­ceive a dis­count.

The dump fee is de­pen­dant on weight, , and is about $25.

Green­hill says if peo­ple can’t de­liver their goods within open­ing hours, pick ups can be ar­ranged, de­pend­ing on the group us­ing the op-shop at the time and whether they are will­ing or able to.

They are in des­per­ate need of coun­cil rub­bish bags. Due to the amount of bro­ken or un-sell­able goods, they can eas­ily fill 25 bags in one week.

The Op Shop is the only fundrais­ing op shop in Mata­mata di­rectly ben­e­fit­ing the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity.

Ev­ery week, mem­bers of a school, church, or­gan­i­sa­tion or club vol­un­teer time and take over the gen­eral day-to-day run­ning of the shop for five days. In re­turn they take the weekly prof­its after the $500 rent.

Green­hill says since April this year the Op-Shop has poured $27,000 into the com­mu­nity. She says most peo­ple don’t re­alise they are a fundrais­ing op-shop.

They re­cently started ad­ver­tis­ing on Neigh­bourly, which is a free Fair­fax Me­dia ser­vice for not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The Op Shop is one of five op­shops in town, and Green­hill says the mar­ket is be­com­ing com­pet­i­tive.

Cloth­ing is still a reg­u­lar do­na­tion, but house­hold goods are down.

Green­hill sug­gests to the group on duty to proac­tively seek sell­able do­na­tions through friends and fam­ily.

‘‘It’s been con­sis­tently drop­ping. It’s a good cause for the com­mu­nity, it’s a good fundraiser. I want to see all groups suc­ceed.’’

Mouldy goods left at The Op Shop

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