Ever since Datin Joanne Wong initiated Bargain Basement, a charity outlet of Yayasan Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng (Yayasan TSLSC) four years ago, countless pre-loved items at reasonable prices have delighted new owners. Over RM200,000 of proceeds have benefitted various Bargain Basement beneficiaries. Since then, Datin Joanne has tirelessly continued to enhance her initiative by collaborating with like-minded organisations.
On 26 August 2020, a potential collaboration to open a pre-loved store was formed as Yayasan TSLSC visited non-governmental organization, Dual Blessing Bhd (Shuang Fu), which had just celebrated its 19th anniversary on 19 August 2020. Dual Blessing Bhd has a recycling warehouse where it collects items such as furniture, electrical items, clothes, paper, aluminum and other items to be sorted and disassembled for sales. Bargain Basement’s concept of Let’s help the less fortunate. Together, we can do more is much akin to its objective to create a positive impact to society and the environment.
The collaboration will be a dual blessing for both parties as it enables Bargain Basement to support Dual Blessing Bhd in identifying and setting up a store to resell the usable item from the recycling warehouse. The proceeds will be channeled to Dual Blessing Bhd as income and will provide disabled residents with work opportunities and business skills, which is central to Dual Blessing Bhd’s belief of teaching one to fish instead of giving fish.
Located in Old Klang Road, Dual Blessing Bhd supports and helps Person with Disabilities and former drug addicts by providing them with training and job opportunities for them to self-sustain. It also runs a bakery to sell seasonal bakery items in addition to a recently-renovated IT centre in Jalan Pisang (formerly Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng’s home) where residents can gain skills in graphic designing, call centre and video production.