Charity begins at home

St Barnabas op shop volunteers Julie Churley, Linda O'Neill and Jane Davies with the Reverend John Ward.
St Barnabas op shop volunteers Julie Churley, Linda O'Neill and Jane Davies with the Reverend John Ward.

National Australia Bank’s annual charitable giving index revealed that Kalamunda residents donated an average 0.17 per cent of their total income in the year ended August 31, which equates to $101 per head of population.

That ranks alongside Perth’s elite suburbs West Leederville, Mt Lawley and Floreat as some of the most giving WA residents.

The bank collated data from its customers’ credit card, EFTPOS direct debit and BPAY transactions.

While Kalamunda residents are emptying their wallets and digging deep for change, they are also donating household goods and clothing for the less fortunate.

Jane Davies, who has been volunteering at the St Barnabas Church op shop, on the corner of Railway and Spring roads in Kalamunda, for the past five years, said she had witnessed the generosity of locals first-hand.

‘We get a lot of clothes for a winter appeal, which collects coats for refuges,’ Ms Davies said.

‘But we also get people in here with bags and boxes of goods; recently one person brought in seven boxes and bags of shoes.’

Ms Davies said people were particularly generous in December.

‘We are busy for donations around Christmas,’ she said.

‘People tend to do their summer clean outs around then.’

She said with the ageing population in the Perth Hills, many elderly people choose to donate when they downsize to smaller accommodation.

She said witnessing the generosity was ‘heart-warming’.

‘We rely on generous people, otherwise we would not be here,’ she said.