Annette Mauer is grateful for donations to Lifeline – but no stained mattresses and ripped and worn out furniture, please.
Annette Mauer is grateful for donations to Lifeline – but no stained mattresses and ripped and worn out furniture, please. Toni McRae

Vinnies asks for donations in bins

THE IDIOTS who set fire to a big bundle of donations outside the St Vincent de Paul bin in Hervey Bay’s Liuzzi Street won’t be on president David Hogan’s Christmas card list this year.

“To avoid this sort of thing happening again, we’re asking the kind people who donate to us to make sure they put everything in our bins.

“And please do use common sense when you’re deciding on what to donate.

“We run a couple of truck loads of rubbish to the tip every week.”

Mr Hogan’s call comes in the wake of the Salvation Army saying it is spending more than $6 million a year taking rubbish and rubbish donations to the nation’s tips.

Fraser Coast charities were flat out in 2009 helping the needy and they say they couldn’t do the huge work they do without donations – “but please don’t dump your rubbish in charity bins”.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of people in the region, especially in regards to deceased estates,” said Annette Mauer, Lifeline Fraser District media officer.

“We try our best to sell whatever we get donated, with volunteers who try to clean or fix items if possible.

“We have to take some items to the tip, these are mainly items that have been donated knowing that they don’t work, like electrical appliances, or furniture that is damaged beyond repair.

“And we are not allowed to sell mattresses that are stained.”

Mr Hogan said that even torn clothing was useful to St Vinnies because the charity packed it into rag bags, which they sold.

“And scrap metal takes up our metal donations like bed frames.

“But please no electrical goods. Recently we plugged in a refrigerator to test it and it caught fire.

“And why on earth people would give us worn out car tyres and an old car battery I can’t understand. Off to the tip they go.”

Lifeline and St Vincent de Paul run seven Fraser Coast shops between them and both organisations need more volunteers – especially those who can fix things.

Ms Mauer says Lifeline particularly needs furniture – but no lounge suites ripped, torn and stained beyond any hope of sale.

Call Lifeline on 4194 2792 to arrange the pick up of larger items.

St Vincent’s can be reached on 4194 0361 and 4123 1414.

The Salvation Army has two stores on the Coast and the numbers to call are 4121 0555 and 4124 2345.

Councillor Sue Brooks said yesterday that recycling was “at the top of our agenda”.

“I encourage people to use local recycling facilities as well as donating goods to charities.

“I’m disgusted that people abuse those charity facilities. It’s not a big amount of money to take things to transfer stations and do the right thing by the community.

“People need to take responsibility and manage their rubbish responsibly.”

Information on council tips and recycling centres is available on city http://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/services/waste_recycling.shtml



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