Raising funds for a homeless shelter in Harborside Markets – News Of The Area
THE 3Rs – rest, refuel, recover – The Coffs Harbor Overnight Shelter for the Homeless Project, founded by Doris Cowan, is a step or two away after a day of fundraising selling surplus donations housewares and clothing at Harborside Markets on Sunday (April 3).
Raising $800, the money was used to buy a trailer with a logo, in which the 3Rs will store cots and bedding during the day until a permanent residence is secured.
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The stand was organized by Kim Towner, owner of The Happy Frog in Coffs Harbour, who donated the space to Doris.
A team of five people represented the 3R project at the Markets.
“My husband Dave, Julie from OzHarvest who hauled clothes and racks in his van, my good friends Kathy Ward and Sheryl Tamini and I worked the stand from early morning,” Doris told News Of The Area.
“My team of volunteers floated throughout the day and were great announcers for the 3R Homeless Shelter.
“A number of people specifically came forward asking questions about the project, based on the News Of The Area stories.
“One couple in particular had already inquired about buying cots through (supporter) MOtackle, but wanted to check the size – they then bought two cots the following week.”
These cots will be used to house the homeless once the overnight shelter has a location.
“Two representatives from Men For Mentors, John and David, came out to support us and spoke to quite a few people about what their support organization does.
“They were also happy to serve our customers and support our project.
“Gary Sandow, a volunteer I met at the Community Christmas Luncheon when he was selling raffle tickets before Christmas, spent time walking around other vendors selling raffle tickets.
“Thank you, Gary, it’s your calling,” Doris said.
Kathy Ward took over this work in the afternoon.
“The raffle prizes were donated by Surf Club Restaurant and Bar Coffs Harbour, Sarah’s Hair and OzHarvest.
“Luckily, Cr Jonathan Cassell for the Greens had a stand right next to us; he told me about the 3R project for a while and will follow it.
Thanks also to Best and Less Moonee for donating the bundles of hangers for clothes to hang on racks, for sale.
Rotary Daybreak has a meeting with the Board soon, to discuss the results of a proposed location.
“Fingers crossed,” Doris said.
“Our 3R project now needs funds to finance a food van which will help enormously to feed the homeless.
“To raise funds, Rotary Daybreak Coffs Harbor is holding a Day of Gathering later this month.”
By Andrea FERRARI