Charity shop opened by local Dundalk man last July gives monthly donations to local charities
FOR one Dundalk charity shop on the cusp of their first anniversary, their work is as much about being a part of the local community as it is about raising money for charity. ‘Something Old, Something New’ is a charity shop on Clanbrassil Street run by Mark Cunningham, and his mother Briege Cunningham from the Lisdoo Road in Dundalk.
The shop opened last July and sells everything from clothes and furniture to general bric a brac. One of the reasons behind the opening of the shop was that they felt local charities needed more support from local business. Every month they donate to a different local charity and in the past have donated to charities such as SOSAD Dundalk and recently the Dundalk Lions Club.
They donated €200 to support one of the contestants who took part in a fundraising event called ‘Jigs and Reels’, which was organised by the Lions Club and took place on the 18th of March in the Fairways hotel,
This month they are donating to Women’s Aid Dundalk who provide services to victims of domestic violence including a refuge service, twenty-four hour hotline and various other support. Along with donation made from the shop’s profits they will be donating all the proceeds made from raffling off a hamper that they bought in April. The raffle winner will be announced later in the week.
Every month they also donate to John Edwards, a personal friend, who does volunteer work all over the country. His work includes getting involved in local communities to clean up houses, organising sleep outs with the homeless in Dublin and helping to rehabilitate drug addicts.
Their donations are not limited to charitable organisations either and they help out local individuals who may need assistance in the form of clothes, furniture and cash donations.
Mark and Briege are enthusiactic about their work for the local community and say that they have been receiving great support from locals since they opened with donations of clothes, furniture and bric a brac being made each month. They have also just gotten a new volunteer on board to help with the running of the shop.
Mark and Briege would like to say a big thank you to all family, friends and people of Dundalk for their continued support.