Frustration as dumped donations do ‘more harm than good’
A COMMUNITY outpouring of donations piling up on the footpath of Rockhampton’s Lifeline shop is doing more harm than good for the organisation which provides counselling support for Australia’s bushfire victims.
Many residents are ignoring the message posted in front the bins requesting donations not be left outside the bins, exposed to the elements and to instead take them into the shops during business hours.
While Lifeline Retail general manager Jamie Mackay was grateful for the donations, he implored those wishing to donate to heed the sign’s message and take donations into the store when the donation bins are full, rather than dumping them on the footpath.
“The reality is sometimes the quality of donations is not sellable,” Mr Mackay said.
“Our message to our donors is if you are willing to give these items to a mate or a family member, that is actually something that is a good quality donation that we are able to onsell into our stores to help raise funds for our crisis support line.
“The challenge for us is when the donations pile up outside bins, it’s impacted by the weather and often can’t be sold in our stores.”
The cost of disposing with the deteriorated donations has a detrimental impact on the organisation’s financial capacity to help others.
Since the escalation of the Australia’s bushfire crisis, Mr Mackay said there had been a spike in demand for their support services.
If you would like to make a financial donation to Lifeline’s bushfire crisis support call centre, please visit: fundraise.lifelineqld.org.au/donate.