Aquis Farm has dived into support hygiene products charity Pinchapoo as part of its commitment to supporting community-based organisations and charities.
Pinchapoo was created eight years ago as a cheeky (and legal) Robin Hood-inspired movement to pinch hotel toiletries, which are then redistributed to over 90 support agencies and ultimately to people in need. To date more than 1 million hygiene products from shampoo to soap to toothbrushes have found their way from Pinchapoo into the hands of disadvantaged men, women and children.
As part of Aquis Farm’s naming rights agreement with the Gold Coast Turf Club members and guests to Aquis Park are being asked to do some ‘pinching’ with several collection points to be placed around the track.
Aquis kicked off its partnership through the Melbourne Racing Club Foundation with the sponsorship of Aquis Farm Supports Pinchapoo Plate at Caulfield in late August. The race was won by the Darren Weir trained filly Leather’n’Lace.
Aquis Farm Chairman Tony Fung said he was pleased to throw support behind Pinchapoo.
“It is a simple and fun charity that focuses directly on the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community,” he said. “I would urge anyone visiting Aquis Park over coming weeks to bring any donation they can and place it in the collection bins,” he said.
To support Pinchapoo you simply need to take your unused hotel toiletries from a hotel (you’ve already paid for them) and dump them into one of the Purple (you can’t miss them) dump bins. Other collection points are available on the website.
Pinchapoo founder Kate Austin said the charity worked with a range of vulnerable people, including the homeless, domestic abuse victims, refugees, community shower programs, natural disaster crisis relief, hospitals and jail.
Additionally, through the support of organisations like Aquis Farm Pinchapoo has been able to start building a school-based hygiene program.
“One in six Australian families are forced to choose between food and hygiene products in supermarkets every week,” she said. “By means of necessity- food must take preference. This equates to around 100 students in each school going without the basic essentials.”
Two years ago Pinchapoo founded a program which now has over 120 schools on board. These schools can order essentials free of charge to support students and families in need discreetly.
“The results of this program have been nothing short of profound. Attendance is up in teenage female students who were previously missing five days of school a month during their period. They are now confidently managing this at school.”