Shopping For a Good Cause
Shoppers can now eco-shop at Bayan Baru with the opening of the second Value Shop by Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) following the success of its first Value Shop at Island Plaza.
The Value Shop at Bayan Baru was officially opened by Madam Tan Lean Kee, President, Pertubuhan Wanita Mutiara on 3rd December.
Over 50 invited guests including WCC supporters and General Committee members turned up to support the event. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests were treated to a fashion showcase of a range of outfits from the shop and modelled by WCC’s own volunteers and staff. Madam Tan and guests were taken around the shop to view attractive items available.
Congratulating WCC on this milestone, Madam Tan commended WCC on adopting Penang State’s “reduce, reuse and recycle” concept. She added that proceeds from the sales of preloved goods at the shop go towards supporting WCC’s work on abused women and children.
As a non-profit organisation, WCC provides free counselling, shelter, and legal support to
women and children experiencing crises, especially domestic violence and sexual abuse
victims. WCC also runs preventative child sexual abuse outreach programmes in schools
Mariam Lim, Chairperson WCC Value Shop Working Committee, attributes the success of
WCC’s Value Shop model to a number of factors, including generous donations from the
public and a growing pool of volunteers who gives invaluable time to support WCC’s charity cause. Ms Lim also thanked the Kuok Foundation for providing a grant to enable WCC to renovate and set up this new Value Shop.
“There is no doubt in our minds that our Value Shop endeavour has provided WCC with
increased community engagement, a sustainable source of income to fund our work and a greater public awareness for our cause,” she added.
Shopper Sarina Teng, 53, said that she loves the WCC Value Shop: “It acts as a platform to
challenge social taboos of wearing used items, as well as protecting the environment by
reducing waste. For a consumer like me, this helps in cost savings while contributing to
charity. It’s one of the best places to look for beautiful yet affordable items.”
The Value Shop @ Bayan Baru stocks a variety of items, such as clothing, household wares, toys, games, and books. Prices start at the unbeatable rate of RM3 only.
To mark the official opening of the shop, there will be a special “Buy 3, Free 1” clothing sale from December 5 to December 9. There is also a December promotion where purchases of RM50 and above will entitle shoppers to Lucky Draw prizes, such as ChinaHouse and E&O Hotel dining vouchers.
WCC Value Shop @ Bayan Baru is located at 2-1-12, Tingkat Mahsuri 1, One Square, and
is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm.
For further information, follow WCC Penang and WCC Value Shop Facebook.