Paying it back: Generosity helps charity get back on its feet after theft

FOR YOU: Pay It Forward's founder Karlie Irwin takes the keys to the door donated by RCG Security Doors' Rodney Graham. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA 1006drpif1
FOR YOU: Pay It Forward's founder Karlie Irwin takes the keys to the door donated by RCG Security Doors' Rodney Graham. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA 1006drpif1

BATHURST’S RCG Security Doors is just one of a long list of Central West businesses to come to rescue of the Orange Pay It Forward group following a traumatic robbery earlier this week.

On Tuesday, group founder Karlie Irwin didn’t know if the charity could continue as she was left reeling from the robbery. But she’s no longer in any doubt.

In the four days since the traumatic robbery, Mrs Irwin has been inundated by donations, ranging from security measures to cash, which will keep the charity on its feet.

The scale of the response has stunned her.

“What do you say? It leaves you speechless, there’s no price on this kind of support,” Mrs Irwin said.

“I don’t think they [the donors] realise the impact it has.

“When you’re looking down the barrel of a potential closure, but this response means we’ll be back next week.”

The front page of Wednesday's Central Western Daily.

The front page of Wednesday's Central Western Daily.

RCG Security Doors owner Rodney Graham heard about the break-in at Pay It Forward and started thinking of ways he could help.

The Bathurst-based business – which works across the Central West – ended up provided and fitting a security door and window security screens.

“We just did it because we can help. It’s not for accolades, but community involvement,” Mr Graham said.

“These guys help out people in need and these guys were in need this time, so I helped them.”

He said donating the security doors and time to install them was a “fair day’s work”.

Mrs Irwin said the phone had not stopped ringing during the week: sometimes it was supporters of the community shed offering commiserations, other times businesses pledging goods and services.

It leaves you speechless, there’s no price on this kind of support.

Pay It Forward founder Karlie Irwin

Some of the donations and money have already been put to good use in an effort to keep the doors open.

The rear of the charity’s building has been secured with the donated security screens and the building’s alarm system will be complemented by a pledge of as many CCTV cameras as the charity needs.

Mrs Irwin said Steve Turnbull from Trojan Trades Australia offered to cover the cost of a replacement glass sliding door.

She said two Orange eateries have offered donations to cover the stolen cash and a monthly donation.

Mrs Irwin said she had chosen a location in the city’s east for the charity in a bid to improve the area’s reputation and provide real assistance as quickly as possible to people who required it.

“Because we placed ourselves in the Glenroi community, it’s made people feel they are all part of the community,” Mrs Irwin said.

“We’ve planted the seed for change and we’re doing it in a small way, [but] like plating a tree, it grows and spreads its roots.”

Lending a hand

The businesses which have helped Pay It Forward:

  • RCG Security Doors
  • Darren Tindall from PWM Advice
  • Central West Trailers
  • Need a Nerd
  • Trang Hue Vietnamese Food
  • Orange Bakehouse
  • Ben Scarr
  • Orange Credit Union
  • Trojan Trades Australia