Sabah Cheshire Home, Sandakan - 'A Second-Hand Shop' will be announced to the public on April 15th, 2012 as "The Treasure Shop". This project was started back in 2008 and within in the last five months things are finally starting to come together. I call this my baby project, as it was the first project I was asked to help with when I arrived.
We have suffered a couple of floods, we have moved heavy furniture more than once and have sorted and washed through several pieces of clothing. Within in the last month we have finished painting, created a new interior look, had a small photo shoot for the clothing and obtained sponsorships from the community. It has been very exciting to see this project in the works and to have the ‘behind the scenes’ experience.
Throughout this experience I have learned a lot about non-profit, fundraising, and what it takes to develop a business. We still have more work to do, but each week we have been able to check off something new from our ‘to-do list’. All development and resources of ‘The Treasure Shop’ has been voluntary work from the Sandakan community. It is amazing to see the community come together, not just to help, but to see everyone having fun while they do it.
During the next few weeks I will be helping out on the establishment of the new website, below is a website photo teaser that we sent out to our community.