Why is AIG involved in Remote Laundries?
AIG set up Remote Laundries in response to an expressed need from community members and leaders in the Barunga community to have a public laundry. Designed after consultation with key stakeholders like Richard Jay (washing machine distributors) and Orange Sky (mobile laundromat charity) and Barunga community members, it was decided that a service that helped to over come the challenges of overcrowding was a project worth investing in.
Remote Laundries not only improve sanitation and therefore the health of community but offers employment for people living in community.
Why do you need donations?
Everything is more expensive the operate in remote communities, and a public laundry is no different. To keep this project alive and functional there needs to be a donation element to the funding design.
As the CEO Steve Smith has said many times “This gives Australians the ability to support some of the more vulnerable Australians in a way that is practical and meaningful”.
How do I know my money is being spent on what you say it is?
As a charity we need to prove to the ATO (via the auditing process) that we are using the donations for what we are saying we would.
Yes, there is a degree of trust required by you to donate, but if you look at the stories section of this website, you will see well used and functioning laundry – which cannot be achieved without your donations. Thank you!
How do I know if the people want this laundry in their community?
Remote Laundries was set up after consolation with the Barunga community over a 12 month period. There are plans to open laundries in other communities, and more consultation is required when we expand. Barunga is our pilot site, and there have therefore focussed our consultation in and around Barunga community.
“We have been working with AIG to get a laundry in community to wash our blankets, towels and school uniforms.” Esther Bulumbara, Chairperson of Bagala Aboriginal Corporation.