Young Saudis plan garage sale for charity

Hasan Hatrash I Arab News
Publication Date: 
Wed, 2008-09-03 03:00

JEDDAH: In order to encourage the youth to support the needy, a group of young Saudis have organized a Ramadan garage sale, the revenue of which will be donated to charity.

“We are trying to encourage the youth to get involved with serving the community and charity work,” said Maria Mahdaly, team manager of, a website that aims to build an active community concerned with youth culture. The garage sale is to take place on Sept. 10 at Le Promenade 2 shopping mall on Tahliah Street. Mahdaly said the event would be staged at the mall’s parking area to give it the feel of a typical garage sale.

She added that the idea behind the garage sale is to create a venue where people can sell their used items and donate the revenue to charity. Mahdaly said there are three forms of donation schemes and that attendees would be able to donate all, half or 10 percent of what they earn.

“Those who choose to donate only 10 percent of their sale’s outcome would have to pay a SR100 rental fee for the table,” she said, adding that the rest would be given tables for free.

She added that the garage sale would also host a section where home-cooked food would be sold.

Mahdaly said that the team would be responsible for ensuring that the money generated is given to charities across the city.

She added that members of the public have responded well and that people can request to participate through the group’s website

The garage sale is part of a one-year program organized by the group. “We are planning to hold unique youth-related charity and community programs each month until the end of the year,” she said.

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