Garage Sale @ Al Noor Centre

Al Noor Centre’s fundraising yard sale

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

IT WAS the show of Michelle Meuleman who roamed from one corner to another sorting out items, satisfying customers, choosing the right price for an item as buyers asked for further reduction in prices.
Despite these, she was warm and tried her best to satisfy the visitors and listened carefully to volunteers to make the event a huge success.
This was the scene witnessed by The Gulf Today at the first of its kind garage sale organised by the Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs within its premises on Friday. The public, especially families, thronged the indoor facility, which had been converted into a huge market offering a wide range of items at attractive prices.
The event was part of a fundraising activity as people from various segments of society donated items to be sold to generate proceeds for the Al Noor Centre.
Talking to The Gulf Today, Meuleman, a prominent volunteer and part of Al Noor Support Committee (Ansco), said that the idea of a garage sale was conceived before the summer vacation by two members of the committee and Mona Mustafa.
“We started by asking people to donate their second-hand clothes and the response from the community was overwhelming. I was surprised with the generosity of people who donated a wide range of household items from electronic appliances, kitchenware, crockery, decoration items, books, CDs, clothes of women, men and children, ladies’ handbags, carpets, paintings, shoes to toys and sport items,” she said.
The abundance of supplies from the community pushed Meuleman and Mona to seek help of dozens of volunteers to sort out the items for three weeks from 9am to 6pm on a daily basis to prepare for the grand garage sale.
“We hope that the huge participation of the community will result in the sale of every item. I’m sure it will happen as the number of people is increasing, and the price range is very much affordable as the price of the majority of the items ranged from Dh1 to Dhs20.
“The remaining items will be given away to volunteers or distributed in labour camps,” she said.
Isphana Al Khatib, director, Al Noor Training Centre, told The Gulf Today that the event was a unique fundraising event as the proceeds were raised to help the centre.
The centre hoped to generate as much as Dhs50,000 through the day-long event and well-wishers and supporters from the community had started coming since early morning to be part of the fundraising activity and to buy the items available at low prices.
The event was supported by over 200 volunteers who helped the staff in shifts throughout the day.
Muhammed Abdullah, one of the volunteers participating along with seven of his friends, said that it was a unique experience to be a volunteer.
“I always wanted to do something for the community and when one of my friends told me about this event I decided to be part of this activity,” he said, arranging a cluster of paintings donated by individuals to be sold.
“The collection of paintings is huge and we are trying to sell as much as possible as the price range is affordable,” he said.
-Published at The Gulf Today | Sept 30, 2012

~ by jamilkhan on September 30, 2012.

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