GENEROUS OFFER: Helen Hamilton from Liberation Larder with some of the motel furniture that is to be donated to those in need through a “pay it forward” initiative.
GENEROUS OFFER: Helen Hamilton from Liberation Larder with some of the motel furniture that is to be donated to those in need through a “pay it forward” initiative. Megan Kinninment

Luxury Byron hotel donates furniture to help the needy

A MOTEL used to providing luxury accommodation for holiday makers is about to make life a whole lot more comfortable for the most needy in the community.

Friday on the Beach, on the beachfront at Byron Bay, is closing its doors next month to be redeveloped, and is donating its remaining furniture and fixtures to be distributed by Liberation Larder, the volunteer group that makes more than 500 healthy meals each week for people in need.

The furniture and goods include beds, sofas and sofa beds, tables, televisions, fridges and smaller appliances.

They will be donated in a "pay it forward" scheme, in which donors can pre-purchase an item to be distributed to the needy through Liberation Larder.

As well as providing much-needed household goods, the proceeds from the sale of the furniture will be used to fund the volunteer organisation's food program.

The furniture and fixtures from 19 rooms will range in cost from $5 to $200, with anything that is not bought before Friday on the Beach's closure to be sold through a garage sale, Liberation Larder president Helen Hamilton said.

"There are many people in Byron Bay who struggle to make ends meet and go without household items many consider essential," Ms Hamilton said.

"This is an opportunity to help some of these people and also raise much-needed funds. We are enormously grateful to the owners of Friday on this Beach for this opportunity."

For those buying an item to be distributed through Liberation Larder, the donation is tax deductible. People can also buy an item for their own use (without the tax deduction).

For a full list of goods and prices ring Helen Hamilton on 0439 409 655.



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