Nik Nak de­liv­ers the goods for com­mu­nity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

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

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