Sydney’s first ‘pop-up packing site’ links product with people in need through Good360 Australia

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On Wednesday, 18 December some of Sydney’s busiest office-goers rolled up their sleeves and filled bags of donated retail product for the homeless at a pop-up packing site hosted by Commonwealth Bank at Darling Park in Sydney, with product provided to Good360 Australia.

“This initiative, in collaboration with Sisters of Charity Foundation is about building awareness of Good360 and product philanthropy, connecting unused product with those who need it, when they need it.

Good360 is Australia’s first product philanthropy organisation connecting corporate ‘excess inventory’ with charitable need. The organisation called on Sydney’s corporates to put down their coffee cups and volunteer their time for Sydney’s Inner City Homelessness Coalition.

Retail companies including Linen House, Urban Rituelle, 3M and Edible Blooms donated over $150, 000 worth of goods including towels, soap, personal care & stationery items. Regarded as much needed and essential items by our charity partners who work with Sydney’s Inner City Homeless and people transitioning back into society.

Linen House

Australian Homewares brand, Linen House donated both product (over 1000 towels) and time during the busiest retail period of the year to be involved in the project. “It’s great to be part of Good360’s innovative circle of giving as it benefits charities and helps businesses help people directly” said Linen House, Sydney Rep & Stylist, Tanya Watson.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Robyn Kemmis opened proceedings, and helped pack the first bag. “It’s wonderful to see so many people, businesses and not-for-profits come together to create meaningful gifts for those in need. The value of this contribution, at this time of year can’t be underestimated.”

In just over an hour, 500 bags were packed and given to members of the Sydney’s Inner City Homelessness Coalition including: Wesley Mission, Mission Australia, Salvation Australia , St Vincent’s and Haymarket Foundation just in time for Christmas.

Bottom L-R Reba Meagher Sister of Charity Foundation, CLR Robyn Kemmis Deputy Lord Mayor, Tanya Watson Linen House, Alison Covington Good360 Australia, Joanne Kim Wesley Mission. Top Right: Gavin Hanbridge Wesley Mission

Bottom L-R Reba Meagher Sister of Charity Foundation, CLR Robyn Kemmis Deputy Lord Mayor, Tanya Watson Linen House, Alison Covington Good360 Australia, Joanne Kim Wesley Mission. Top Right: Gavin Hanbridge Wesley Mission

They were overwhelmed by the quality of the product donated and thankful for the generosity of all involved, knowing this would be hugely beneficial to the people they work with, especially at this time of year.

“It gave me an immense sense of joy to stand back and watch the room buzzing with activity with so many people sharing the vision I have for connecting product with people” said Managing Director and Founder of Good360 Australia, Alison Covington.

“Today through collaboration we joined together to help those less fortunate in society.

Thanks to Sisters of Charity Foundation we will be able to do more of these events in 2014.

A big thank you to the Sisters of Charity Foundation, our generous product donors, Commbank and everyone who volunteered their time to help Sydney’s homeless have a great Christmas” said Alison.

Charity partners: Wesley Mission, Mission Australia & Haymarket Australia collecting the gift bags

Charity partners: Wesley Mission, Mission Australia & Haymarket Australia collecting the gift bags

Special thanks to our dedicated League of Extraordinary Good (you may know them as volunteers) and everyone who joined us to make this event the extraordinary day it was. The joy of ‘giving’ was evident from the smiles and vibe on the day and the new friendships made.

If you are interested in joining the next pop-up packing site and joining our circle of giving

Charities register here http://www.good360.org.au/charities/

Product Donors register here http://www.good360.org.au/companies/ways-to-partner/

More information about Good360 www.good360.org.au or http://www.good360.org.au/contact-us/

Special thanks to the Sisters of Charity Foundation http://www.sistersofcharityfoundation.com.au and our other partners:

Generous Product Donors:

Linen House
3M
Urban Rituelle
Edible Blooms

Corporate Volunteers and Hosts:

Commonwealth Bank

Freight and Logistic Partners:

Mainfreight

Charity Partners and recipients of Gift Bags:

Wesley Australia
Mission Australia
Salvation Army
St Vincents de Paul
Haymarket Foundation

Photography – Leanne Ho

Special thanks to Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis for attending our function and witnessing the Good360 giving circle in action.

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