Peg wants you to make a donation
WANTED - boxes of whatever you would need if you had lost everything except the clothes you were standing in.
Moonee's Peg Mavin, the principal of The Clothes Peg, has launched an appeal for Victoria's bushfire victims and set the ball rolling by donating $20,000 worth of her own stock as new clothes for disaster victims.
She is calling for others to donate boxes of good-quality clothes, good clean toys, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, everything needed to re-establish a life, including money.
She said members of the Woolgoolga Lions Club and the Moonee Beach Rural Fire Service had agreed to help collecting the boxes and she has also arranged to use a room at the Moonee Beach Shopping Centre to collect donated goods.
“I am asking people to box the clothes and tape the boxes and bring them in to the room near the post office at Moonee Shopping Centre,” Mrs Mavin said.
“I will also have a bucket at The Clothes Peg where people can donate money.”
Mrs Mavin is no stranger to organising disaster appeals.
The well-known Moonee identity, who has been involved in retailing for 37 years, raised a massive $1,000,000 through a fundraiser for the Tsunami appeal in 2004.
“I've got a bed to sleep in and food on my table so I'm going to let (some of) my stock go,” she said.
"I'm not doing it for glory; I'm doing it from my heart after seeing people last night like one poor lady - all she had was on her back.”
Mrs Mavin stressed that anything donated must be good and useable and she thought the Salvation Army would take the goods to Victoria.
Peg, who operates two Clothes Peg stores, one in Grafton and the other at Moonee once lost her home to floods and the experience has obviously left her with special sympathy for natural disaster victims.
The Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce is to donate $1000 to the victims of the Victorian bushfires.
President Greg Ray said members of the Chamber wished to express, in the most practical way possible, their heartfelt sympathy and concern for those who had been so badly affected.
Red Cross has opened a special account for Coffs Coast residents to make a donation to the disaster appeal. Already Quota International has donated $1000 to the fund. If you would like to donate, the account is at the BCU, account number: 25009520.3
The Bank of Queensland will be accepting donations for the victims of the fires, which will go to the Red Cross Victoria Bushfire Appeal.