Char­ity shop will boost cof­fers for CMR

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A CHAR­ITY shop is opening up next week which will aid the CMR (Chris­te­lik-Maatskap­like Raad/Chris­tian So­cial Ser­vices) with much-needed funds to run the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Like most wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions, CMR was also hit by the dras­tic sub­sidy cuts an­nounced by the Depart­ment of So­cial Devel­op­ment. They lost three sub­sidised so­cial work posts and two so­cial aux­il­iary posts.

The wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion, which was es­tab­lished in 1955, runs a safe house for abused women, an ex­ten­sive home food se­cu­rity pro­gramme and of­fers child pro­tec­tion, foster care and adop­tion ser­vices.

CMR man­ager Gaye Moonieya is also the brains be­hind the opening of the char­ity shop, Out of the Box, which will sell sec­ond­hand books, cloth­ing and toys. She said char­ity shops were a big thing in the UK and South Africans were pick­ing that up.

“I have al­ways loved char­ity shops, es­pe­cially the sec­ond-hand book sec­tion. I be­lieve our opening one has a two-fold pur­pose for us.

“In ad­di­tion to bringing in an­other stream of in­come, it also helps peo­ple who don’t have a lot of money to buy things at a bar­gain price,” Moonieya said.

The shop, at 5 Ain­tree build­ing in Old Transkei Road, is next to Na­hoon Fish­eries and op­po­site Wak­aberry. If peo­ple want to do­nate goods they can turn into Smart Road and im­me­di­ately turn left into the fenced park­ing lot and en­ter through the back en­trance or drop off do­na­tions there.

Moonieya said a cousin in the UK gave her the idea of the char­ity shop be­cause he usu­ally sent her boxes of do­na­tions.

“They send amaz­ing stuff over and I have been dis­tribut­ing it per­son­ally for a few years now and this just seemed the right time for a shop.

“The name of the shop also comes from the reg­u­lar ar­rival of the do­na­tions: out of the box,” she said.

Moonieya said they were still look­ing for more vol­un­teers and had been en­cour­aged by those who had of­fered to help as a re­sult of their ap­peal on Face­book, but they needed at least 22 peo­ple to run ef­fec­tively.

“We also wish to thank Hid­den Trea­sures for their help and ad­vice so that we have not had to rein­vent the wheel and can avoid some pit­falls and mis­takes.

“But please don’t drop off any­thing un­til we are open. We will an­nounce the ex­act day on Face­book,” Moonieya said.

CMR has a new web­site where you can find out more about the or­gan­i­sa­tion:

https://cm­ and a Face­book page CMR East Lon­don, where more news about the shop and their other ac­tiv­i­ties will be posted

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

BOX CLEVER: The Chris­te­likMaatskap­like Raad’s (Chris­tian So­cial Ser­vices) new char­ity shop, Out of the Box, is ready to be stocked up with your do­na­tions which will be sold to raise funds for the char­ity

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