19 November, 2021
NicNaks - more than you bargained for!
ONE shining example of a great organisation with amazing people is the Port Douglas Community Service Network.
They offer three support programs, these being the Neighbourhood Centre, the Child and Parent Support Program and the NicNak Shed. In the future, I will delve more deeply into the fantastic assistance provided by the Network for those needing help, but for this week I couldn’t resist a visit to the Nic- Nak Shed. Apart from providing an excellent source of pre-loved items for sale at affordable prices, it is a great fund raiser.
Established in 1999 and registered as charity in 2011, the NicNak Shed is Port Douglas’ one-and-only Op Shop with an eclectic selection of goods donated by local residents and businesses. Monies raised go directly back into the local community to help with funding of Port Douglas Community Service Network via the Emergency Relief Programme, whilst supplying emergency clothing, bedding, and furniture to those in need.
The NicNak Shed, run by fulltime manager Jo and a band of hardworking volunteers, sells quality clothing, baby goods, books, toys, jewellery, linen, bric-a-brac, giftware, furniture, electrical goods, plus camping equipment. The list goes on! This amazing range of products, in store, would not be possible without the generosity of the local community.
It is important to remember that the NicNak Shed is not the local dump. If donating items, keep in mind there are certain items that cannot be sold, such as stained, pilled, torn clothing, second hand underwear, broken toys, stained linen and pillows etc. Items dumped just create more work for the busy team.
The Shed has an annual fashion parade which is a very popular calendar event in Port Douglas. All models are dressed by the NicNak Shed and local business very generously donate prizes and staging to assist fundraising on the day.
You can find the NicNak Shed at 6-10 Mowbray Street in Port Douglas and their opening hours are 9am- 4pm Monday- Thursday, 9am-3.30pm Friday and Saturday Mornings from 9am-12pm.
I’m off to try out my new hat, so for now it’s Gazza signing out!
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