Charities in City of Joondalup welcome collection drive

The City of Joondalup’s inaugural charity drive on September 19 netted nearly three tonnes of donations for two charities.
The City of Joondalup’s inaugural charity drive on September 19 netted nearly three tonnes of donations for two charities.

TWO charities collected 2.9 tonnes of clothing and textiles at the City of Joondalup’s inaugural charity drive on September 19.

Salvos Stores and the St Vincent de Paul Society set up at Craigie Leisure Centre and the City’s administration building for five hours, taking 1.5 tonnes and 1.4 tonnes respectively back to their depots.

The collection event followed the City of Joondalup’s decision in June to remove charity bins from public land because of problems with illegal dumping.

At the time, there were 76 charity bins at 19 City-owned locations belonging to Good Samaritan Industries, Spine and Limb Foundation and Anglicare WA.

“I can see only positive sides to this donation collection model,” Salvos Stores regional manager Sean Burgess said.

“This is a fair process for the general public to donate their pre-loved quality items and give back to the community.”

Mr Burgess said Salvos Stores had removed all but one of its donation bins on public land because of the negative effect they had on the amenity of the nearby area and the costs to maintain the donation bins.

St Vincent de Paul spokeswoman Joanne Hill said most of the clothing collected would be sold in Vinnies retail stores, while blankets and linen would be used for welfare services.

“We consider the event to have been very successful and look forward to future collections,” she said.