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2018 National Op Shop Week - Get Involved


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Why Your Contribution Helps!

A significant number of community programmes are funded by the income derived from charity op shops and charity collection bins. So why is your donation is so important? It's simple! Many Australians visit their local charity op shop to find a bargain or to save money on essentials. The money they spend funds vital community programmes. This would not be possible without the generosity of Australians who donate to their local op shops.


It's important that you donate responsibly. Charity clothing bins and op shop premises are often used as a dumping ground for rubbish, soiled or unusable items. The cost of collection and disposal of this material is a serious financial burden on the charitable institutions, effectively diverting funds from welfare programs into waste disposal costs.

To read National Op Shop Week's tip section, click here.


How To Get Involved...

National Op Shop Week is an event that all Australians can take part in. It starts at home.

By doing a spring clean, decluttering your wardrobe and taking unwanted items to your local op shop, you're doing your part and helping your community. Some charity shops even take furniture or bric-a-brac, so there's lots of ways that you can donate.

“You can help your local charity op shops in three ways,” says DoSomething Director Jon Dee, the founder of National Op Shop Week. “You can donate unwanted clothes or goods, volunteer at a shop or help them to raise money by buying their goods,” says Jon. 

To make it easier to donate, over 2,100 Australian charity op shops have been listed on the National Op Shop Week's website.

All that people have to do is type in their postcode to find the contact details for their local charity store.

Charity op shops listed at the site include Vinnies, the Salvos, Red Cross, Lifeline, The Smith Family, the RSPCA, Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Animal Welfare League, the Asthma Foundation, Anglicare, MS Australia, Uniting Care, Mission Australia’s Big Heart Op Shops, Youth Off The Streets and many more.

"The start of spring is a great time to clean out your wardrobe and do something positive for those in need. By giving your unused clothes a second life, you also help the environment by keeping them out of landfill," says Jon Dee.





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