Positive response to collection days


Cars line up to drop off |unwanted clothing at the City of Joondalup’s charity collection day.
Cars line up to drop off |unwanted clothing at the City of Joondalup’s charity collection day.

NEARLY 10 tonnes of goods were collected at the City of Joondalup’s charity clothing collection day on February 13.

This was more than three times the amount donated at the inaugural collection day in September.

Salvation Army Salvo Stores WA/SA regional manager Sean Burgess described the event as highly successful.

“We collected about 2.8 tonnes of quality textiles and clothing which will be distributed to our retail stores for sale,” he said.

“The proceeds will be used to support various Salvation Army programs throughout the community.”

St Vincent de Paul Society spokeswoman Joanne Hill thanked the community for its “incredible and generous support”.

“Vinnies alone collected around 4.56 tonnes of clothing from both sites, which will be sold in our shops, with the funds generated going to help people in need in the community,” she said.

Taking part for the first time, Anglicare WA received about two tonnes of donations.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the response from the local community proved there were more efficient and contemporary methods for charities to collect unwanted goods.

“This initiative is a first for local government in WA and these events should continue to grow and improve in popularity as word spreads beyond our City’s boundaries,” he said.

“The overwhelming response from our community sends a strong message of support and the charities involved are also pleased with this new and successful concept.

“Charities struggle with resources and in the past they have struggled with the costs associated with managing charity collection bins and the subsequent costs of removing rubbish that is left by some in the community.”