Op shop funds list of char­i­ties

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ES­THER ASHBY-COVEN­TRY

It has taken three years of to-ing and fro-ing for a church-based op shop in Geral­dine to gain char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.

Rosie’s Re­cy­cled Cloth­ing is run by vol­un­teers who are nearly all as­so­ci­ated with St An­drew’s Church. All prof­its are ear­marked for char­ity.

New re­port­ing stan­dards for char­i­ties came into ef­fect in April 2015, to en­sure ac­count­abil­ity and main­tain the in­tegrity of the char­ity sec­tor.

Shop vol­un­teer and board mem­ber Myra Sev­erin­sen said Rosie’s ap­plied for char­ity sta­tus be­fore the dead­line but only re­ceived ap­proval this year.

‘‘We had to use a solic­i­tor as the forms were the wrong ones and they were sent back.’’

Other prob­lems in­cluded their ob­jec­tives not be­ing spe­cific enough, ac­cord­ing to the Govern­ment’s Char­i­ties Ser­vices, re­sult­ing in the shop hav­ing to re­write its con­sti­tu­tion and set up a board and pub­licly ad­ver­tise its an­nual meet­ings.

The re­sult of be­ing cer­ti­fied as a cor­po­ra­tion means it is now a char­i­ta­ble trust and it is ex­empt from Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) but must pro­vide an­nual fi­nan­cial state­ments. With the re­cy­cled cloth­ing sell­ing for $1 to $10 per item, pay­ing tax would be a nightmare, Sev­erin­sen said.

The shop was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished by the Te­muka Bap­tist Church as an out­reach. It closed in the early 2000s and was then used as an out­reach by St An­drews Church in Geral­dine, mor­ph­ing into the op shop.

It raises be­tween $12,000 and $26,000 a year, which is dis­trib­uted about six times a year to var­i­ous non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups.

So far this year funds have been given to lo­cal youth projects, Child Can­cer, a lo­cal food­bank, teen mums, Or­phans Aide, Kiwi Fam­ily Trust, Hos­pice South Can­ter­bury and lo­cal mis­sions.

The only over­heads for the shop are power and rent.

Vol­un­teers keep emer­gency packs in re­serve to give to vic­tims of house fires or other un­fore­seen in­ci­dents.

There are 45 to 50 vol­un­teers on the ros­ter and they pride them­selves in only sell­ing good qual­ity cloth­ing.

Any items not con­sid­ered up to scratch are sent to Can­cer Care in Christchurch.

If they can­not use them, they are made into weed mats.

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