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Glastonbury Festival's Michael Eavis to open new SOS Africa Shop and Offices
11 Mar 2013
On April 19th 2012, the founder of the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, will open SOS Africa’s brand new charity shop and offices at 21 High Street, Shepton Mallet. This represents a very exciting landmark for the Somerset-based charity which continues to expand to educate increasing numbers of underprivileged African township children thanks to the support of the local community.
“With Glastonbury Festival only a few months away, we really appreciate Michael taking time out of his busy schedule to support SOS Africa, and hope it will attract much of the local community to our opening,” stated Matt Crowcombe, SOS Africa co-founder.
Since opening its first charity shop in August last year, aptly named ‘Aladdin’s Cave,’ SOS Africa has been inundated with support from the local community. The shop was initially opened at 7 Commercial Road because the small rent would mean that nearly all of the money raised would go straight to our children in Africa; by Christmas the shop alone had raised enough money to fully-fund the education of 7 African township children! However, Aladdin’s Cave does have its limitations; a larger shop will be more accessible to the public, allow us to display a larger amount of stock and give Monduli the giraffe more space to roam.
Ann, one of our current charity shop managers is delighted about the move: “We began with only a small handful of volunteers and a limited amount of stock and within a few months we have recruited a team of loyal volunteers and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community.”
Another benefit of the new premises, situated opposite the ‘Sew and Sew’ shop on the High Street, is that they are large enough to accommodate SOS Africa’s UK offices, which are currently based at Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet. Having both the shop and offices at the same venue will mean that SOS Africa can maintain its guarantee that nearly every penny spent in the shop will fund the education and care of the children it supports in Africa. It will also make the charity’s staff and volunteers more accessible to the public as we recruit for our upcoming Cranmore Tower Zip Wire fundraising event.
If you would like to donate items to the new shop or volunteer for the charity, please call 07855355926 or email: [email protected]; the charity’s volunteers are happy to collect any donations when convenient. So, if you are looking for a bargain or would like to come for a chat about the charity or partake in any of its forthcoming events, the SOS Africa team looks forward to seeing you at 21 High Street, Shepton Mallet, from April 19th.
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