Nik Nak delivers the goods for community
THE Nic Nak shed sits alongside the Neighbourhood Centre in Port Douglas but in another sense it is right behind it.
The $90,000 profit that the second hand store pumps every year into the coffers of the Neighbourhood Centre is a vital contribution that funds Material Aid Relief and ventures the centre runs.
The Neighbourhood Centre receives a $40,000 grant from the Department of Social Services every two years for emergency relief.
This works out to be only $250 a week to help support people in need of Material Aid Relief which can range anywhere from food to shelter.
As well as providing additional financial support to the Material Aid Relief program there have been special cases where the shed has helped families in crisis with bedding, furniture and other essentials.
Manager of the Neighbourhood Centre, Siobhan Delgado, said the shed was an essential asset.
“The Nic Nak shed is a big part of what keeps our services alive,” she said.
Katrina White is the woman behind the desk in the Nic Nak Shed.
Ms White and a group of volunteers do all the grunt work to make sure the shed stays open and continues to help the community.
Katrina said while the shed may be behind the centre, the community is behind the shed.
“The community is so great, everyone is so generous and it wouldn’t be possible without them,” said Katrina.
“Hotels come to us first and donate their beds and linens and towels.”
Lauren Giles and Viki Dioszegi at Hands On Healing in Mossman
Katrina White and longtime volunteer Margaret Smith