Cathedral op shop aid for refuge

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
South West Refuge chairwoman Alison Comparti receives a donation from St Boniface Cathedral dean Darryl Cotton on behalf of the the church’s op shop.
Camera IconSouth West Refuge chairwoman Alison Comparti receives a donation from St Boniface Cathedral dean Darryl Cotton on behalf of the the church’s op shop. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

St Boniface Cathedral op shop has given a helping hand to the South West Refuge — presenting a donation of $2600 on Tuesday afternoon.

The not-for-profit op shop collects donations of clothes and household goods, which are given to those in need at no charge.

South West Refuge chairwoman Alison Comparti was overjoyed with the generous donation.

“It’s wonderful that the community have chosen to support the South West Refuge and we really appreciate the support,” Mrs Comparti said.

“We wouldn’t be able to have the service that we do without the generosity of the community.”

Mrs Comparti said any extra donations for the South West Refuge were vital to sustaining the organisation.

“There’s a certain percentage of our budget that is not funded by the government that we have to fill with fundraising,” she said

“Because of the exemplary service that we choose to provide, we need those extra funds to actually allow us to do that.”

St Boniface Cathedral’s Dean Darryl Cotton said he was delighted to donate the money to a worthy organisation in the community.

“We as a group at St Boniface get a great sense of joy and delight that we are able to help in this way and the volunteers that work in the op shop know they’re serving a good cause,” the Dean said. “The op shop is there to help with the needs of the community and that’s what we wanted to do by reaching out to South West Refuge, is to try and meet a need.”

Mrs Comparti said the South West Refuge are looking at a new building program and the money donated by St Boniface op shop will help go towards fitting out some of the new building.

The South West Refuge are hosting a fashion parade and lunch at Wellington Food Wine and Cottages called Classy Girls Wear Pearls on Friday, April 12.

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