Sydney Woman Rescues Abandoned Clothing at Beaches and Donates to Charity


Summary: Catherine Stallman takes action to address the issue of abandoned clothing on Sydney’s beaches by collecting, washing, and donating them to charities. She has been doing this for the past 30 years, focusing on clothing left behind for at least two days. Stallman’s efforts have inspired others to be more responsible for their belongings and the environment.

Catherine Stallman was bothered by the sight of abandoned clothing scattered on Sydney’s beaches after a warm weekend, prompting her to take action. For the past three decades, she has been collecting discarded towels, clothes, sunglasses, hats, shirts, and shoes from the shores. Stallman ensures that the items have been left behind for at least two days before picking them up. Once collected, she washes and sorts the clothing, donating them to charities such as Wayside Chapel in Bondi and Kings Cross. Stallman’s motivation stems from her desire to prevent good-quality clothing from ending up in landfills. She initially started her clean-ups at Camp Cove beach and has recently expanded to Bondi. Her efforts have highlighted the importance of individuals taking responsibility for their belongings and showing respect for the environment. The Waverley Council also donates abandoned clothing and towels found by their staff to charitable organizations. Jon Owen, the chief executive and pastor of Wayside Chapel, expresses concern about the amount of clothing left behind on the beach, as it often ends up in landfills or the ocean. Owen appreciates Stallman’s efforts in salvaging and washing the abandoned clothing. Wayside Chapel, which provides support to those in need, particularly welcomes donations of clean towels and hats, as the summer months pose greater risks for rough sleepers. The organization emphasizes the importance of protection against the sun’s harmful effects and seeks support from the community in the form of towels, toiletries, and hats. With extended months of extreme weather ahead, the plea for donations becomes even more critical.

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