Every Wednesday afternoon residents who have any cans and bottles for recycling put them outside their doors for collection by resident James through the evening. With assistance from Waterford West’s maintenance officer Franck, everything is taken to the local recycling centre to trade the bottles for cash.
According to Waterford West community manager Barbara Booth, after enjoying a BBQ from their first batch of proceeds the residents decided to keep collecting to donate to a worthy cause.
“The residents decided to put this money to a better purpose and wanted to donate the money to our Bushfire/Drought crisis in outback Queensland,” says Barbara.
“They had collected a further $730.00 and to ensure the money was not wasted and went directly where it was most needed we approached friends of Seasons Denis and Margaret who are connected with a local church group. They put us in touch with a group called Aussie Helpers.
“Aussie Helpers connected us with a family in Charleville with three young children who had run out of water and were buying water to drink but had none for bathing and washing.
“Denis and Margaret generously offered to match the money we’d raised, so we ended up with a total donation of $1600, which has been used to supply enough water to fill the dry tanks for this young family to ensure many months of water.”
Barbara says that the residents are continuing the recycling project with the aim of donating to Aussie Helpers again in another six months.
“It’s amazing what people power can do – a great result for all concerned! Our residents love having a purpose and making a difference.”