In this harsh economic climate, solidarity and volunteer work are even more important. And that’s what the Table Top Sale, organised on the first Saturday of each month at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, is about.
Participants pay €10 each for a stall. This money goes directly to St Barnabas which in turn supports many local and international charities. The stallholders get to keep the rest of their proceeds.
“Initially we used to have one fundraiser each year for the Kinkiizi Scholarship Programme in Uganda,” South African Cypriot Nora Ananiades, who organises the monthly event, told The Cyprus Weekly.
“At our previous Kinkiizi Coffee Morning a group of young people volunteered their time to man a table and also sold their homemade cookies. They were such an inspiration to me! A friend of mine suggested that as people in Cyprus were in severe financial need, a table top sale each month would help them to earn some much needed cash.”
People sell their crafts, jewellery, designer clothes, bric a brac, household items, books, DVDs, CDs etc.
“I honestly didn’t think that a monthly one would work but was happy to give it a try. I thought that if even three people come it would be worthwhile. But it’s proven to be very popular; we have a lot of people come in every month. We haven’t looked back and will continue to have the table top sales as long as they are needed by the community. On more than one occasion I was moved to tears by people’s plights. One lady said that she would come to sell things so that she could raise enough money to pay for her electricity. People sell off their possessions as they prepare to return to the UK. It’s sad to see so many people leaving the island. Some of our regulars raise funds for the Alma Foundation, the Mission to Seafarers, the RDA (Riding for the disabled), Pets2Adopt and RFAAIC (Raising funds for abused animals in Cyprus).”
Refreshments are also available and people are encouraged to just pop in for a coffee and a chat. “We would love to hear from anybody interested. If people just want to come and meet, that’s great, we would be more than happy.”
St Barnabas Anglican Church is located right across the road from the old Limassol General Hospital and Main Police Station.
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