The New Life Centre offered Burnett residents a wealth of clothes, linen and other items on the weekend. Picture: Julian Lehnert
The New Life Centre offered Burnett residents a wealth of clothes, linen and other items on the weekend. Picture: Julian Lehnert

Charity delighted by free clothes day turnout

MUNDUBBERA’S residents queued up in the hundreds at the town’s New Life Centre on Saturday morning to rifle through boxes and tables full of free clothes on offer.

The ‘Free Clothes Day’, organised by the food pantry charity Life Care, is the second annual event of its kind after a successful pilot run last year.

Life Care Mundubbera founder Allan Cowburn said that several thousand dollars’ worth of clothes, linen, toys and other items were donated to the charity ahead of the event – all of which was given back to the community by the end of the day.

“All of [the clothes] went, because at the end of the day whatever we had left was donated to the Uniting Church and Anglican Church opportunity shops here in Mundubbera,” Mr Cowburn said.

Mr Cowburn took to the Centre’s balcony to remind visitors of the coffee and food on offer. Picture: Julian Lehnert
Mr Cowburn took to the Centre’s balcony to remind visitors of the coffee and food on offer. Picture: Julian Lehnert

“About 90 per cent was collected by people on the day,” he said.

The charity’s founder said he was incredibly satisfied with the turnout, remarking that several dozen people were queued up at the Centre’s gates before the event even started.

“About 350 to 400 people went through on the day – it was really good,” he said.

To keep the droves of attendees healthy and well-fed, Mr Cowburn and other Life Care volunteers offered a barbecue and coffee on the day, the earnings of which went to support the charity and its food pantry for the coming year.

Families could restock their wardrobes, pick out new toys for the kids and enjoy the Mundubbera sunlight. Picture: Julian Lehnert
Families could restock their wardrobes, pick out new toys for the kids and enjoy the Mundubbera sunlight. Picture: Julian Lehnert

After its staggeringly successful second outing, Life Care is looking to continue its free clothes days for the foreseeable future; to this effect community members are urged to continue donating old or unwanted clothes.


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