ALMOST 50 years after it was established, Gorta is continuing its work of eradicating the causes of hunger and water scarcity around the world.
But now, this independent, international, non-governmental organisation, has acquired a new presence in West Limerick with the opening of a new charity shop on Maiden Street.
The shop opened to the public last Thursday, and says Gaye Moore, who manages the premises, it has been hectic but fantastic trading every day since.
“This is the eleventh Gorta shop in Ireland,” Ms Moore explains. “We found this fantastic premises, which is really well-laid out. We would have had good connections here with volunteers and we felt it was a prime area for a shop. It is a very good shopping town.”
But Ms Moore is not just delighted with the premises itself. She is also very happy with the levels of quality clothes, books and unwanted gifts that have been donated.
The Newcastle West shop opening wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the public, Gorta’s national retail manager, Maggie Dwyer said when she officially opened the shop last Thursday. “It provided us with a fantastic start and the quality merchandise will definitely benefit the people of the locality.”
However, she urged the people of West Limerick to “keep us in mind” when doing any clear-outs this summer.
Volunteers will be the key to keeping the shop ticking over, however and Gaye Moore is keen to encourage people to come forward and put their names down to work a day or half-day. The shop will accept clothes, handbags, shoes, CDs, DVDs, books, jewellery, bric-a-brac and household goods. The only exceptions are toys and electrical goods.
All profits from Gorta shops go to help the organisation’s work helping farming communities in sub-Saharan Africa to help themselves achieve a better quality of life. Gorta is the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Irish partner.
The Gorta shop brings to four the number of charities operating shops in the town.