The Children’s Project, Spillers Lane, Clonakilty was established in 2008 as an independent charity shop run by a team of volunteers who all give up their time for free on a regular basis. With the support and generosity of the local community and visitors to the town, the Project has been able to provide various organisations with much-needed financial assistance; so far this year they have donated €13,000. In the past six years ago they have donated in excess of €100, 000 – an achievement they are very proud of. They would like to thank each and every customer and those who donate goods to sell.
The Children’s Project accepts donations of household goods, ware, toys, cds and books which are complete and in good saleable condition. They are also pleased to accept small items of furniture and knick knacks, amongst other things. They do not accept clothing or shoes and are currently unable to accept babies’ buggies and car seats due to a large volume of incomplete and unsafe equipment, which they must then recycle.
The Children’s Project has an extensive second-hand bookshop on the first floor of the shop, which houses an impressive collection of books to suit all tastes. There is a seating area for your comfort while browsing books and, unless otherwise marked, books retail at a bargain €1.
In the last year The Children’s Project has supported several charities at home including: Co-Action West Cork; Rapid Response; Courtmacsherry Lifeboat; Faye gives back (Temple Street Hospital); Cork Penny Dinners; Cork Simon Community; The Mercy Miracle appeal; Action Breast Cancer; Movember and Pieta House.
Outside of Ireland they have helped Leeds Hospital Children’s Heart Unit and Birmingham Children’s Hospital intensive care unit. Ongoing support is offered to Just One (Nepal), The Ethiopian Deaf Project and the Aurelia Trust (Romania). These projects all have strong Irish links, from their intitial development to their continued commitment to improving the lives and opportunities of those with whom they work. Further information about any of the above mentioned projects can be provided upon request in the shop. Details of how to put forward a proposal for support from registered charities can also be obtained in the shop.
Volunteers not only give their time in the shop but many of them take part in fundraising events for their beneficiaries where the opportunity arises. They hope you will take the time to call in to see them. Open Monday to Saturday 10 – 5pm.
Please visit Facebook page – Children’s Project Charity Shop.