Falklands : MPC Charities Raise £2400 for Stanley Charity
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 16.09.2010 (Article Archived on 30.09.2010)
Recently raised money from MPC’s new Thrift Shop, charity busks, a cinema event and local collections have combined to make a massive donation to the local charity Cancer Support and Awareness Trust (CSAAT).
MPC Charities Raise £2400 for Stanley Charity
Recently raised money from MPC’s new Thrift Shop, charity busks, a cinema event and local
collections have combined to make a massive donation to the local charity Cancer Support and Awareness Trust (CSAAT).
The volunteer-run Thrift Shop has been open for just 2 months and has managed to raise a
colossal £1200. The range includes women and men’s formal wear, jewellery and accessories,
fancy dress items, children’s toys and everything in between! The store has proved to be a
fantastic means of raising money for good causes and allows the community to sell their surplus items. All stock comes from donations and individuals wishing to sell their goods (75% of the sale going to the individual and 25% to charity).
With almost all profit going to charity the shop is run by a very generous band of volunteers to
whom no wages are paid, headed up by Rachael Wareing and Nicola Robson who said “The
idea behind the Thrift Shop initiative is to raise money for local charities and those in the UK
through monthly donations”. Next month they hope to raise another £1000 for the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Rachael and Nicola would like to say a “huge thank you to ALL volunteers and those who continually help to make improvements to the daily running of the Thrift Shop especially to the customers and those who have donated items to sell”.
Flight Lieutenant Mark Wareing who is Officer in Command of the Thrift Shop property said the he was “astounded” by the success of the Thrift Shop and that “what is amazing is that much of the stock is gifted by the families and purchased by the wider MPC community”. All publicity has been generated by posters, internet, word-of-mouth and BFBS radio.
Their fantastic sum has been further boosted by other fundraising events over the last few months.
Corporal Paddy Flint from the dog section of Joint Service Provost and Security Unit, along with
police dog Sergeant Jake completed a busk along the infamous corridor of MPC. His faultless
renditions of popular songs raised £400. The Air Transport Security Section Fund matched Cpl
Flint’s donation, adding another £400 to the pot for CSAAT.
Back in June the Pheonix cinema hosted The Sex and the City 2 ‘champagne and canapé’
reception for the opening of the film. The night was a great success adding another £400
to the total with attendants treated to a true red carpet experience complete with paparazzi!
Theresa Lang of the CSAAT received the cheque for £2400 and said she felt “overwhelmed” by the sum. She wanted to say an “enormous thank you to everybody involved. The trust is all based on communication and this donation is very generous. It will have a direct effect on those suffering from cancer and their families” she said. The Cancer Support and Awareness Trust was founded in 1994 and is a truly unique charity aiming to overcome potential communication problems distinctive to the Falkland Islands.
The Thrift Shop opening hours are as follows: Tuesday 09:30 am – 11:30 am, Wednesday 12:30
am – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Falkland Islanders are
welcome to come and make the most of this facility.