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Bushfire tragedy inspires unique giving from a unique store

Posted on: January 18, 2002 11:39 AM
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The recent bushfires that ravaged New South Wales have generated a huge sense of generosity and community spirit - perhaps none more unique than the 'spirit of giving' currently on display at Recycling Works.

The owners of the Annandale based bric-a-brac furniture store have decided to make corporate philanthropy part of their business strategy, donating a portion of all sales for the months of January and February to the Archbishop of Sydney's Bushfire Relief Appeal, to assist the victims of the disaster. Recycling Works will be holding a sale during that time to stimulate sales.

'Our customers tend to be young bargain hunters who want to furnish their home with good quality furniture that doesn't cost a fortune. Many have expressed concern about the impact the fires have had on families and their homes. Therefore, it seemed appropriate that some of our profits from selling furniture go back into rebuilding lost homes and properties through this appeal,' stated part-owner Charles Reynolds.

'I believe the success of Recycling Works has come about from the store's humble approach to its clientele and an appreciation that giving back to the community that has given us so much is part of our corporate responsibility.'

Since it opened in 1996 Recycling Works has established a loyal customer base, many of whom are low-income earners. In light of this Recycling Works has sacrificed high profits for a high turnover, ensuring their prices meet the needs of this niche market.

'This formula has worked wonders for us and we have been very lucky to receive great support from the community, particularly students from the local universities who are struggling on a limited budget. This support has also enabled Recycling Works to make a modest yet genuine contribution to the Bushfire relief effort,' Mr Reynolds said.

Recycling Works' support for the Archbishop of Sydney's Bushfire Appeal follows recent donations to the Paralympics, humanitarian work in Papua New Guinea and East Timor and a number of local charitable organisations.

A rarity amongst second-hand furniture stores, Recycling Works has already earned a reputation in its brief five-year history as being a 'living museum ', stocking furniture items from as far back as the 1940's. A recent winner of the Inner West Small Business Awards, the store combines quality second-hand furniture with affordable prices and stock that at times is so rare it would not look out of place in Sydney's most prestigious antique stores.

Recycling Works is located at 45 Parramatta Rd, Annandale and is open seven days a week from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Cash donations can be made to the Archbishop of Sydney's Bushfire Relief Appeal by ringing (02) 9895 8080, by cheque to PO Box 1416, Parramatta NSW 2124 or made directly at any Westpac Branch to account number 10-2497, BSB 032-008.

Article from: Anglicare/Anglican Media Sydney