After just one year, Mahu Community Trading Post has successfully distributed $100,000 to community causes.
Trading Post chair John Carr puts the big total down to the dedication of the Trading Post’s many volunteers and the support of the community.
“All the donated goods come from the community – people who are shifting house or changing their furniture or cleaning out their cupboards. It’s amazing how generous people are,” he says.
The Trading Post has had an especially productive relationship with the Warkworth Men’s Shed, which provides residents with access to a range of woodworking and engineering tools.
The Men’s Shed has been among the organisations to benefit from Trading Post cash disbursements and, at the same time, its members have restored and repaired items donated to the Trading Post.
This has meant goods can be sold at higher prices, raising more money for the community, and benefiting the environment by recycling goods that otherwise might have been discarded.
Currently, the Trading Post operates from the former Toyota dealership premises in Whitaker Road and is open on Wednesdays, from 7am to 4pm.
Although only open one day a week, John praised volunteers who spend several additional days, setting up the Trading Post for Wednesdays and undertaking deliveries on other days of the week.
He says the Trading Post attracts all kinds of customers.
“We have both young and old, and we are always seeing new faces, which is great,” he says.
The Mahu Community Trading Post was established in September last year to benefit community causes by utilising the skills and business experiences of retirees and semi-retirees.