MEDIA RELEASE: Good360’s latest pop-up packing site links product with people in need

Good360’s latest pop-up packing site links product with people in need

On Thursday, July 24th the Good360 team and volunteers from 3M will roll up their sleeves and fill 1000 bags of donated retail product for the homeless at a pop-up packing site, a project initiated by Good360 Australia and hosted by 3M at their headquarters in North Ryde, NSW.

Good360 Australia, Australia’s first product philanthropy organisation connects corporate ‘waste’ with charitable need by offering surplus product to those who need it. Good360’s ‘League of Extraordinary Good’, the volunteers that run the organization and staff at 3M will be volunteering their time to pack bags of goodies for Sydney’s Inner City Homelessness Coalition.

Several retail companies including 3M, Linen House, Booktopia, Lush –Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Edible Blooms have donated thousands of dollars’ worth of goods for care packs.

“This initiative, in collaboration with Sisters of Charity is about growing awareness of Good360 and product philanthropy, and connecting unused product with those who need it, when they need it, in this case helping Sydney’s homeless,” said Managing Director and Founder of Good360 Australia, Alison Covington.

“We’re proud to be collaborating with the Inner City Homelessness Coalition for the second time, which is testament to the good that can be done when corporates and charities work hand in hand,” said Alison.

Junghan Lee, Managing Director, 3M Australia and New Zealand added, “3M Australia is extremely excited to be involved with such a great initiative. Not only does it help us reduce slow moving inventory and reduce harm to the environment by not dumping product in landfills, it is great for our employees as they can get involved by ‘rolling up their sleeves’ and help pack the gift bags. They feel they are making a difference by helping the needy in our community and have fun whilst they are doing it!”

This second pop-up packing program follows recent confirmation of a $125,000 donation from the Snow Foundation to Good360 Australia, a significant contribution which will help the Good360 team realise its goal of becoming Australia’s first product philanthropy organsation able to connect products with the people who need them right across the country.

“We recently received an additional $10,000 from our foundation donors, Renata Cooper of the Forming Circle, bringing their total contribution to $25,000. We’re grateful to have partnered with businesses already that are capable of helping us scale as the donations grow and more charitable relationships are forged,” Ms Covington said.

Event summary

When: 10.30am to 12:30pm. Thursday, 24th July 2014
Where: 3M Corporate Headquarters, 1 Rivett Rd, North Ryde, NSW
What: 1000 backpacks of product will be packed for Sydney’s Inner City Homelessness Coalition. This event is held by Good360 Australia, 3M and supported by Sisters of Charity.

Interviews:

  • ­ Federal MP John Alexander and Clr Craig Chung will kick off proceedings
  • ­ Alison Covington, Managing Director and Founder of Good360 Australia
  • ­ Representatives of the Wesley Mission, Chris England and 3M

Images:  Volunteers from 3M and Good360 will be on hand for shots of packing at the pop-up stall

For more information, contact:
Robyn Borruso
M: 0409 943 091
E: robyn@good360.org.au
http://www.good360.org.au

 

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