Lifeline donations flowing in fast
LIFELINE Fraser Coast has been inundated with donations and business manager Dawn Perdue is expecting it to only get busier.
Ms Perdue said it was always hectic over the festive season with a spike in donations after Christmas and New Year’s Eve: “People are busy doing a big clean out.”
Lifeline’s sorting warehouse at Tinana will be closed from Friday through to January 4, while the Main Street, Hervey Bay, store will shut from Saturday.
There will still be pick-ups for people wanting to hand over their pre-loved items and the Bay Drive store will remain open except on public holidays.
Meantime, Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor is warning people to be careful of bogus charity appeals this festive season.
He says although it is great to give at Christmas, not all charities are what they seem.
Bogus charity appeals have the potential to take the money of well-intentioned community members who believe they are supporting the less fortunate, he says.
“Christmas inspires human compassion around the world but unfortunately this time of year could also spark the interest of crooks who will try to take advantage of people’s generosity.
“Honest people may think they’re donating hard-earned money to a good cause but end up lining the pockets of crooks.”
Mr Lawlor says fake charities operate via email, the internet and door-to-door.
To avoid handing over donations to dodgy operators, he advises people to check the charity’s website or go to an official collector.
“If you choose to donate online check the site is secure and that you can clearly see the organisation’s contact details and functions.
“Alternatively, source a charity’s phone number directly from the phone book and contact them to find out the most effective and safe ways to donate to their appeal.”CHARITY CHECKLIST
- Check with the Office of Fair Trading whether the organisation is authorised to fundraise
- Check the details of organisations asking for donations online or by email
- If approached in person for donations ask for official ID and written authority to collect money on behalf of the organisation or charity.
- Get a receipt