OXFAM Ireland will open its new Tullamore shop at number 3 Patrick Street at 11am on Friday, July 15 with the formalities being performed by Offaly football captain Niall McNamee.
The new shop stocks donated items ranging from clothes, books and music to accessories and homewares. Donating helps Oxfam Ireland with its aid efforts overseas in countries like Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia that are currently suffering the worst drought in over half a century.
Oxfam is working in these countries, where 12 million people (double the population of Ireland) are facing starvation because of severe shortages of food and water. Donations in Tullamore will provide vital support for Oxfam’s current appeal for that region.
Oxfam Ireland’s Chief Executive Jim Clarken encouraged locals and visitors to Tullamore to drop in and donate, shop and learn about Oxfam’s work in over 100 countries.
“Oxfam provides humanitarian aid whenever there is a disaster throughout the world such as in Eastern Africa at the moment. But we also work to change the structures that make and keep people poor. Our shops are local hubs for all our supporters and volunteers. I ask people to please get involved in Tullamore,” he said.
The store will be managed by Tullamore woman Suzanne O’Rourke,