Tipp shop helps fight poverty

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Tipp shop helps fight poverty

The people of Tipperary town are being given a new chance to support the global fight against poverty – and it needn’t even cost them a cent!

Leading Irish development charity Gorta-Self Help Africa has opened a new retail outlet at 17-19 Main Street in Tipperary town, and they’re looking for unwanted goods, and looking for volunteers who might be in a position to assist with the running of the new business.

“ First and foremost we need stock. We would ask people to have a look in their presses, cupboards and garages, and collect up any items that they no longer have a use for.

“Whether its books, clothing, bric-a-brac, toys or household items, we can always find a buyer, and it can make a big different to our efforts to raise funds to support our development projects in Africa,” said regional shops manager Maggie Dwyer.

“The only thing that we cannot re-sell, for safety reasons, are electrical goods,” she added. The new retail outlet in Tipperary is also appealing to local people who might be in a position to lend their support, by volunteering at the newly opened shop.

“We are creating a roster of volunteers who might be in a position to lend us some time. This too is a great way for people to make a valuable contribution to our work,” Maggie Dwyer said.

The new Gorta-Self Help Africa shop in Tipperary is the charity’s 12th retail outlet in Ireland. The sale of goods contributes hundreds of thousands of euro annually to support the organisation’s work.

Established more than 50 years ago, Gorta-Self Help Africa works across sub-Saharan Africa, supporting rural communities to grow more and earn more from their small farms.

The shop is open six days each week, and will accept unwanted items during normal retail hours. To find out more visit: www.selfhelpafrica.org