Mining Camp Linen and Sustainability – Where does it all go?

Aerial view of a typical iron ore mine workers camp.

Aerial view of a typical iron ore mine workers camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirty Miners Need Thousands of Towels, Sheets, Doonas, Shower Curtains and  Pillowcases

Have you ever stayed in one of those mining camps in Western Australia’s Pilbara? Many of them are mini towns, hundreds of people staying in hundreds of rooms which equates to thousands of towels, sheets, doonas, shower curtains, pillow cases.

What happens when all this linen becomes a little too worn or the contract changes? I don’t know what the contractual agreements are but there must be a clause that at a certain stage in the linens life-cycle it becomes taken “out of service”. Where does all the used linen go? Hopefully not to landfill.

Pilbara Linen Project

The Mill Point Rotary Club have started the Pilbara Linen Project. We had 47 pallets of towels, sheets, doonas, shower curtains, pillow cases all bundled up waiting to go to charities to help those in need.

Volunteers from Rapallo and Mill Point Rotary sorted and dispensed the linen

Volunteers from Rapallo and Mill Point Rotary sorted and dispensed the linen

 

 The Statistics

Within 24 hours of receiving the pallets of linen at Rapallo’s Perth workshop the Mill Point Rotary Club had managed to find homes for 80 percent of the unwanted linen.

Quite amazing considering the stats:

Doonas 734
Sheets 2084
Mattress Protectors 123
Pillow Cases 2355
Towels 4438
Shower Curtains 381

 Logistics and Volunteers

So eager were the charities that we have put some Goldfields charities on a waiting list for the next run of the Pilbara Linen Project,  hopefully to occur before the end of the year.

The Pilbara Linen Project is a win for those in need, the environment and for community. Sixteen volunteers from the Mill Point Rotary Club and Rapallo sorted and packaged up over $100,000 dollars worth of linen bound for over 20 charities.

Transport was gratefully supplied by Toll and the forklift was kindly donated by our friends at Western Botanical. Storage occurred at Rapallo’s Perth workshop.

Volunteers from Rapallo and Rotary sorting out the donated linen

Volunteers from Rapallo and Rotary sorting out the 734 doonas.

 

Transport down from the Pilbara was kindly donated by Toll.

Transport down from the Pilbara was kindly donated by Toll.

Forklift kindly donated by Rapallo's good friends Western Botanical

Forklift kindly donated by Rapallo’s good friends Western Botanical

 

 

Receiving Charities and Community Groups

Rotary East Timor: Supports a number of poor villages in East Timor. Sheets will be sent in September.

Dilli Hospital East Timor: 350 bed hospital. Much of the linen is old or completely missing.

Bacau, East Timor: 135 Bed hospital. Much of the linen is old or completely missing.

Student Accommodation Dilli East Timor: 6 medical students.

Shalom House: Shalom House is a men’s residential Rehabilitation Centre located in the heart of the Swan Valley in Perth WA, only 23 kms from the Perth CBD. Their focus is on bringing restoration to the lives of men and families in our community. At present our program caters for up to 60 men and also families and their children.

Bindoon Aboriginal Aid: Op shop and support centre for the nearby community.

Mission Australia: Mission Australia’s integrated services work together to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities across Australia, by helping people secure jobs, receive an education, find housing and develop important life skills.  Early intervention and prevention is at the heart of their work.

Nardine Wimmin’s Refuge: Short term, crisis accommodation for women with/without children (boys under 18 years) who are escaping domestic/family violence.  Services include the provision of, advocacy, referrals, information, practical and emotional support, assistance to secure long term housing.

Southcare: Provides health, wellbeing and capacity building services to people in need to so that they can stay independent, in control and make the most of their opportunities and potential.  Southcare work within the areas of aged care, finances, Aboriginal family support, leadership training and community amenity.

Hope: A 100 year old charity for those suffering from alcohol and drug abuse.

Foundation Housing: Developers and managers of affordable housing for underprivileged.

United Care: Uniting Care Australia is the national body for the UnitingCare Network, one of the largest providers of community services in Australia. Provides accommodation for at-risk older people in Perth.

Crossways: Christian Group proving live in care for homeless, addicted and mentally unwell 18-65 year olds.

Aboriginal Aid Group, Midland: Support centre for nearby communities.

Jacaranda: Jacaranda Community Centre is a not for profit, grass roots incorporated community organisation. The services provided by the centre were initiated to meet the needs of the people living in the City of Belmont with 80% being Aboriginal and also Aboriginal people from the wider metropolitan area.

Victory Life: Margaret Court Community Outreach Inc. (MCCO), established in 1999 by Pastor Margaret Court, is the welfare arm of Victory Life Centre and is here to serve and support the community. Support is available to anyone in need of practical assistance. They provide food, clothing and assistance with crisis support, and various other needs. Approximately 30 external agencies, including Family & Children’s Services, Centrelink, Disability Services, Australian Mercy Services, and the Salvation Army refer people to MCCO.

Parkerville: Parkerville Children and Youth Care respects the rights of children and young people. Our organisation is committed to prioritising their safety and taking every action necessary to provide a safe healthy environment for children and young people to thrive.

Borderless Friendship: Supports over 300 orphans in Northern Thailand. Many have little or no bedding. Singapore and Thai Airlines have been approached for transport.

Passages: A drop –in centre in Northbridge that supports youths living rough in Perth.

Esther Foundation: Provides residential housing and support for 50 at risk young women in Perth with no government help.

Loretto Woman’s Refuge: Facility run by nuns in Fremantle. No government support.

The Mill Point Rotary and Rapallo volunteers celebrate the first load of linen deployed to those in need.

The Mill Point Rotary and Rapallo volunteers celebrate the first load of linen deployed to those in need.

Gratitude

The Mill Point Rotary Club and Rapallo would like to thank the camp for the donation of linen and the care that was taken in laundering and packaging. It made the volunteers job of sorting much easier. Mill Point Rotary and Rapallo has donated it’s time and facilities to help these deserving charities and people. Well done to everybody involved.

Contact Us

The Mill Point Rotary Club and Rapallo would be pleased to continue working with camps should further linen or other used material become surplus. Please get in contact so we help those in need and have a win for sustainability.

The Pilbara Linen Project continues to develop contacts with charities, both in WA,  nationally and internationally. Please get in contact if you have a need for bulk linen.

If you have a trucking company and are able to take linen parcels out to our more remote towns and communities – please get in touch

info@rapallo.com.au


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