Mayor cuts ribbon on 'ReStored' charity shop
A CHARITY shop supporting Action Against Addiction North East was officially opened in West Street on Wednesday afternoon.
Mayor of Drogheda Richie Culhane, founder and former chairman of the charity, cut the ribbon on 'ReStored', which will help fund the rehabilitation of drug addicts.
'The shop will help pay for a number of organisations in the north east, including Action Against Addiction, the Louth Community Drug & Alcohol Team and the North Eastern Regional Drugs Task Force,' he told the Drogheda Independent. 'We are also funding a counsellor who will prepare former addicts for using our service, as well as providing training for the addicts who volunteer with us.'
Also on the Board of Management are former local St Vincent de Paul presidents Billy Gavin and Eamon Collins, as well as former HSE and OLOL chief Basil Cronin,
'We have 35 to 40 clothing collection bins in the area, and driving a van round collecting from them gives these men something to do, a purpose to their day,' said Billy.
'We have five men in recovery, and this shop will help pay for their training and counselling, and of course we have a loan to pay off for setting up the charity, and the manager of the shop to pay.'
Cllr. Culhane said they will also be working closely with the Boomerang Cafe and hope to have the Men's Sheds on board soon to offer training and goods to sell.
Donations of clothing, shoes and accessories can be left in the bins or at the West Street outlet.