Bunbury charities in need of help

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Bunbury Red Cross volunteers Christin Svard and Lynette Lange.
Camera IconBunbury Red Cross volunteers Christin Svard and Lynette Lange. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times

Bunbury charities are feeling the impact of COVID-19 and have turned to the community for more support.

Bunbury Soup Van president Denise Ladhams said people bulk buying cans had made things more difficult for the service.

“The best thing people could do is to get us cans — just one or two cans of soup or things people could eat straight from a can,” she said.

Ms Ladhams said the van had to go down to one run a week on Saturdays because the virus had affected volunteers.

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“A lot of our volunteers are actually in the Health Department and they’re in the school system as well,” she said.

“Then we have a lot of volunteers that are elderly or carers.

At this stage we’ve almost lost 50 per cent of our volunteers.

Denise Ladhams

Bunbury Australian Red Cross store manager Jo O’Mahony said she wanted to remind the community they were still open for people to come through for shopping.

“We’re certainly not getting people through the shop and that’s impacted us,” she said.

Ms O’Mahony wanted everyone to know it was business as usual for the store for the time being and encouraged people to show their support.

“We’re taking precautions like everybody else and have hand sanitiser,” she said.

“We’re only taking cards now not cash because of the virus.”

We have a lovely clean shop and it’s spacious so we can still keep our 1.5 metres apart.

Jo O’Mahony

Good quality, clean donations were also welcomed.

“We have the bins out the front so it’s not like they’re going to be in contact with other people,” she said.

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