Lunar New Year revellers are being encouraged to donate their old clothes to charity if they are purchasing new clothes to celebrate the beginning of Year of the Goat.

With many people buying new clothes to celebrate Lunar New Year, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is reminding the public they can use the ACNC Charity Register to find legitimate charities to donate old clothes to in their area if they wish to do so.

ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM said Lunar New Year was a good opportunity to start the year afresh by donating unwanted clothing to charity.

“The ACNC extends our warmest wishes to those celebrating the Lunar New Year.

“Lunar New Year is a time for celebration, and we encourage those with unwanted clothes to help others by donating them to a registered charity.

“The ACNC Charity Register provides information on all registered charities in Australia. The Register has almost 60 000 charities, and includes information on who the charity benefits, where the charity operates and what kind of donations they accept,” Ms Pascoe said.

The ACNC also warned the public to stay vigilant against scammers who may use this time of year to take advantage of people’s generous nature.

“People in Australia are renowned for their generosity, donating millions of dollars to charity every year. It is important that people protect themselves and be vigilant against scammers. The best way to protect your charity donation is to give to a registered charity,” Ms Pascoe said.

To access the Charity Register, visit acnc.gov.au/findacharity

For information in languages other than English, visit acnc.gov.au/languages

To contact the ACNC in a language other than English, call the free Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS). To use this service, phone TIS on 13 14 50 and ask for an interpreter to call the ACNC on 13 22 62.

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