Charity shops introduce new signs to identify legitimacy

Registered charity shops in Galway will display a special Choose Charity Shops 1st sign in their windows from tomorrow.

Introduced by the Irish Charity Shops Association, the new logo is to help the public identify “legitimate” charities in Ireland.

In Galway the Galway Simon shops located at 18 Sea Road and Briarhill Business Park are ICSA member charity shops, and Carolyn Herbert says by visiting them Galwegians are supporting a legitimate charity that is delivering crucial services to local men and women who are homeless or in danger of becoming so.

At the launch of Choose Charity Shops 1st, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said Irish Charity Shops Association members do excellent work on a number of levels.

“ They ensure that our unwanted goods are re-used, they provide an opportunity for people to buy at affordable prices, and they raise funds to support people in need.”

Paul Hughes, chair and spokesperson for the Irish Charity Shops Association, said: “The ICSA is delighted to have the support of the Green Party in helping us to promote this re-use and recycling event nationwide. Items that people no longer need will generate much-needed funds for legitimate charities that are working hard to meet the needs of some of the most marginalised people in society.”

Trevor Anderson of Oxfam Ireland says to ensure donations are going to make a difference, make sure to donate to a registered charity.

“They’re easy to spot. From Friday legitimate charity shops will have the Choose Charity Shops 1st logo in the window and you can be sure that what you donate will make a real difference in a deserving person’s life.”

To find an ICSA member charity shop visit to www.icsa.ie/shops The shops operate according to the voluntary ICSA Code of Charity Retailing, which is available on its website www.icsa.ie/code-of-charity-retailing

For more information contact [email protected] or 085 8556819 or Carolyn Herbert at Galway Simon 091 584962.

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