PAUL MORRELLO | Lifestyle | CONTACT
When it comes to helping those less fortunate, nothing is going to stop philanthropic father of two Mark O’Reilly… not even the signs outside his local opportunity shop requesting people don’t dump clothing at the store outside of business hours.
“That’s just red tape for public liability purposes” said the father of two,
“What else was I going to do with my old whipper-snipper and pile of TV guides.”
Speaking about the Salvation Army’s request for people to not “dumpnate” (dumping under the guise of donating), the charities Chief Operations Officer, Hubert McCormick, said it was a growing issue for them.
“4,000 truckloads of dumped, damaged and TapOut clothing are taken to the tip every year, costing the organisation millions.”
Mr McCormick said they had a general rule regarding donations, explaining “we’ll take almost anything during operating hours, except the obvious ones, Ed Hardy clothing… Andre Rieu DVD’s those shit Christmas present kinds of things.”
But self-proclaimed good Samaritan, Mr O’Reilly is confident he doesn’t fall into the dumpnating category, despite leaving four bin bags of tattered rags on the Salvos door in teeming rain.
“A poor family will love this stuff… Most of what I’ve donated is too good in fairness, but I want to teach the kids about the joy of giving.”
“I even threw in my grand final winning cricket whites from the ninety-five, ninety-six summer whoever gets them should consider himself lucky” he added.