Exclusive: A mass exodus of around 17 long-term volunteers at the Byron Bay St Vincent De Paul centre is being downplayed by management, despite claims of poor treatment and a change in management direction.
The Vinnies' 2018 sleepout, held to fund Fred’s Place homeless drop-in centre in Tweed Heads, has exceeded its target. It's all thanks to support from some 50 sleepers last Thursday and substantial donations.
Whatever the purpose, from polishing cars and high-class furniture, to mopping up paint or grease in workshops, or cleaning valuable plates used in print-making, recycled rags made from donated clothing are prized by North Coast businesses.
The ongoing theft of quality donations from Vinnies’ bins in Ballina have forced the op shop to fit CCTV cameras to capture the thieves red handed and threaten them with punishment.
Vinnies on the north coast have saved 50,000 single-use plastic bags from going into circulation in just three months.
Vinnies will be reopening its Lismore assistance office, which closed temporarily due to extensive flood damage, from 10am tomorrow. Assistance in other flood affected towns is also available. The charity has also commenced a Northern Rivers Flood Appeal and is seeking donations.
Vinnies stores in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby need some extra hands to sort donated goods, prepare them for sale and serve in the shop. Can you help out?
Vinnies in Lismore has invested in a major new solar energy system, with 100 panels, in a step to reduce its carbon footprint as well as save on energy and operating costs.
Police are investigating a spate of graffiti attacks and rubbish dumping at the Vinnies store in Nimbin.