We’re the fundraising arm of Partner’s against Poverty (PaP) — our sister charity.
We raise funds by recycling donated industrial electrical parts through sales, at significantly discounted rates. Father’s Warehouse has no paid employees, ensuring that one hundred percent of proceeds go directly to PaP, which are used to support communities living in poverty. All our volunteers generously donate their time and talents to collect, sort, sell, and distribute the funds raised to support this work.
Before Father’s Warehouse was even established, Mike Abbott (now our General Manager), visited an orphanage in Myanmar in 2008. The orphanage then housed 11 children living in severe poverty, with their caretaker earning just $60 a month. Mike and Clive Hebbard were instrumental in arranging financial support for this orphanage.
When the need to replace their leaking bamboo housing arose two years later, Mike began brainstorming a way to provide the $20,000 needed for a proper building.
Mike had the idea for Father’s Warehouse when he was working as an Electrical Technician in the Power Generation industry. This idea was simple: take redundant (but functional) electrical parts that would otherwise be wasted, and resell them to raise the money needed.
Mike acquired parts and listed them on eBay — they quickly began to sell. As more parts were donated, a need for storage became urgent and an extension was built onto the shed in Mike’s back yard.
New parts continued to be donated and suddenly there was a new urgency for a much larger warehouse. In October 2014, Dean Gallagher, a local Christian businessman, donated 150sq/m of rent-free storage in Rockingham, Western Australia. Later in 2018, Dean again donated a large industrial shed that Father's Warehouse could finally call their own. Volunteers offered their time to build a massive mezzanine in this shed, as well as handling day-by-day needs like cataloguing donated parts and dispatching sales.
With Father’s Warehouse growing rapidly, it became necessary for a web-based database to be built to keep a record of parts. The board of Father’s Warehouse recognises Brice Rowe, who volunteered to provide this invaluable service.