From dusty closets and piles of discarded manchester, shoes, or furniture has come a boon for local charities. The BEST Community Shed distributed $500 each to the Inverell Breast Cancer Support Group and Inverell Lions for their Kickstart for Sport defibrillator project.
Funds were raised by the sale of donated goods and restored or up-cycled furniture, with money collected for needs within the Inverell district.
The Breast Cancer Support Group offers a helping hand to women with all kinds of cancer, and group chair Jan O’Neill said those packets of support given to patients are universally welcome when they get the diagnosis.
It helps with so many things things that people struggle with when they’re going through cancer.Deb Hooker
“Definitively. We have been told that people just burst into tears,” she said.
Group member Deb Hooker said the money applies to a range of unexpected expenses.
“It helps with petrol, it helps with chemist’s bills, it helps with travel, it helps with so many things things that people struggle with when they’re going through cancer,” she said.
Inverell Lions club member Peter Kearsey said the BEST doination was the latest, added to a wealth of giving across the community to support the club’s lifesaving project to place 12 defibrillators across the community, with some on hand at the tourism centre for organisations to hire.
“The Lions Club’s grateful for the all the different contributions,” Peter said
Local support groups are encouraged to apply for funds, but on a daily basis, volunteers at the shop meet with individuals and families to discuss how they can offer assistance when they hit a rough patch. The service is free for those who are eligible.
BEST marketing co-ordinator Kate Ottewell said it was great to return their promise and profits to aid Inverell.
“There is a large demand for affordable pre-loved clothing, furniture and home wares,” she said.
“Thanks to the generous donations from local people, we have been able to meet some of that demand while also making a big difference in many people’s lives. BEST is proud to support the Inverell community, as it’s our home, too.”