Coolbellup shows caring side
COOBY Cares has helped distribute hundreds of care packages and pieces of furniture to local families in need since its inception in 2016. Having recently expanded into Fremantle and Melville, more struggling families can now receive a helping hand from the organisation’s everyday heroes.
WHAT started as a devastating event for one family has opened the door for hundreds of others to receive a helping hand.
When a Coolbellup family lost their house in a fire, Gary Allen was among a group of residents who banded together through a donation drive to help get the family back on their feet.
From there the idea for a formalised service to help local families in need began to take shape and in May 2016 Cooby Cares was born.
Mr Allen said the aim had been to connect with families and help make their homes into places they could feel safe.
“We wanted to make Cooby Cares a donation service where people who wanted to help others can do so easily,” he said.
“We were amazed how many people were sleeping on the floor or sitting on junk with no fridges or washing machines, and very quickly we had picked up beds, sofas, kitchen items, white goods and other items from other suburbs and delivered them into Coolbellup.
“In the first few weeks it was obvious that the need was much greater than my initial estimate of two hours per week and we were doing 30 hours per week. After nine months we started food packages and recently we started fresh food packages.”
Two years on, Mr Allen said the generosity of those who donated goods had enabled Cooby Cares to help more than 400 people.
“We have shifted around 50 households full of furniture and last Christmas we provided over 60 food hampers and 130 children’s presents,” he said.
Gary Allen, from Cooby Cares.
Cooby Cares president Gary Allen.