Wyndham Destinations Asia-Pacific has launched ‘Full Circle’ – an initiative which will see it focus on rehoming used furniture from its vacation ownership division as part of scheduled renovations and giving back to local communities.
So far in 2019, the company has donated more than eight tonnes of furniture to local community groups associated with the areas in which its resorts are located. This has included 238 beds, 160 dining tables, 382 bedside tables and 611 chairs, among others. Earlier this year, 750 pieces of furniture from Club Wyndham Cairns was donated to Lifeline, which are now being sold through its network of shops, which help fund its 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
At Club Wyndham Sydney, six tonnes of second-hand furniture amounting to around 400 items has been donated to local charity, The Generous and The Grateful. Of this, two-thirds has already been rehomed to disadvantaged members of the community, including appliances and furniture.
More than 200 pieces of furniture and technology including dining settings, televisions, coffee tables and outdoor settings were provided to St Vincent De Paul Society from 21 refurbished apartments at Club Wyndham Hunter Valley.
Wyndham Destinations Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Procurement, Property Development and Technical Services, David Wray, said the company believed strongly in helping its nearby communities through sustainability and philanthropy.
“Furniture from our resorts is typically well-maintained by our vacation owners and our on-site teams. While we are committed to delivering on our promise of refreshed apartments for our owners, most of our furniture is suitable for many more years’ use.
“Rather than trying to rehome it ourselves, we are now providing charitable beneficiaries the opportunity to match good quality pieces of furniture with people who are grateful to receive them,” Wray added.
“The launch of Full Circle has provided new inspiration and is a timely expression of what we are trying to achieve with this project, which is to ensure quality furniture is not thrown away but instead goes to a new owner who has need of it,” said Wyndham Destinations Sustainability Manager, Ben Perkins.