The people of Penwith are doing a fantastic job in their efforts to raise funds to help survivors of a “forgotten” atrocity.
Five years ago, the terror group ISIS committed genocide against the Yezidi people in northern Iraq and Kurdistan; homes were destroyed, young women and children sold as slaves and men and older women were brutally murdered. Today, many Yezidi’s are still enslaved and many others are living in makeshift tents and are displaced.
Two Penwith based charities have been tirelessly working to help; Yezidi Emergency Support (YES) provide economic and medical assistance, and One And All Aid have set up a school for 160 children which has been funded by the generosity of people in the Penzance area.
One And All Aid collects unwanted goods from local people. Items that are of benefit to groups in Penzance that are helping the disadvantaged and homeless are shared with them, and items that can be utilised by the Yezidi community are sent out to Iraq and Kurdistan.
Other aid is sent to refugee organisations in continental Europe, and everything else is sold to customers of the charity; generating funds to run and expand the school in Sinjar.
Until a year ago One And All Aid ran periodic shops in spaces provided by Pop Up Penzance. It has now been able to take a longer lease on premises situated at the top of Morrab Road in Penzance (previously occupied by Furse Sanders).
The charity plans to trade six days a week at least until Christmas (with the occasional break for re-stocking).
One And All Aid is run by charity trustees; James Batty, Shelley Meister and Libby Pentreath. The shop is child and dog friendly and is great for anyone who likes a browse and a bargain.
One and All Aid, Morrab Road, Penzance, TR18 2QU Tel: 07727 273 351 or 07890 482 396