Rags to relief

Treasure Chest volunteers Robyn Jackson and Dinah Buckby with some of the donated items in the local opportunity store. The Emmett Street shop recently donated $30,000 to the New South Wales drought relief campaign. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Support. Circular Head has contributed to an incredible fundraising effort of $30,000.

Last week, Treasure Chest delivered 100 vouchers from Woolworths in Smithton to the New South Wales drought appeal, valued at $300 each.

The donation is only the second time the opportunity shop has donated its profits to a cause outside of Circular Head, following a $5000 donation of feed purchased from Roberts in Smithton to give to farmers affected by the 2013 Dunalley bushfire.

Treasure Chest volunteer Keith Saward says without the support of Circular Head locals, through both donations of clothing and homewares and through the purchase of products from the store, this effort would not have been possible. 

“It certainly has been gratifying,” he said, “knowing this is all going to helping battling Aussies.” 

The op-shop turns over an average of 1000 donated garments each week and reinvests its profits into the community.

This has resulted in around $46,000 worth of donations to community causes in the past quarter.

“It all goes back into Circular Head in some way or another,” Keith said.

The pre-loved items that do not go on to find another lease on life are bagged and transported for free by Stephen Grey Transport to Devonport then on to Launceston and Melbourne to be donated to third world countries. Items unable to be sent on are used as industrial rags throughout Australia. 

In the past two years, more than 35 tonnes of clothing has been donated to third world countries, or 7000 kilograms since Christmas. 

This is not without the support of the Treasure Chest volunteers who work “eight days a week” says Keith.

“We need to say a big thank you to our volunteers and the community in general.”

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