The South Eastern Times : September 2nd 2014
1 NEWS0 Op-shop week celebrated PROVIDING LIFELINES: Volunteers Lyn Seelander, Sharyn Green and Sue Kent said their motivation for donating their time to Lifeline’s op-shop was to help those in need while socialising with others. Millicent volunteers raise funds to help ease fi nancial hardship MUSTILLO RAQUEL email@example.com d of recycled fashion, charity opportunity shops are integral to the fabric of Australian society. Whether it is through circumstance, a love for a bargain or an expression of individuality, thrift shopping not only protects the bank balance, it also helps the wider community. “The way things are with the economy at the moment means that money is really tight for some people,” Salvation Army op-shop volunteer Madeliene Schapel said. “It is good to be able help people with the basics like clothes and provide crisis support with the funds we raise from that.” Yesterday marked the end of National Op-Shop Week, aimed at celebrating the important role of charity op-shops in communities while seeking to boost donations and sales. “All of the funds we raise through sales go to Lifeline telephone counselling and a number of other projects,” Lifeline volunteer Lyn Seelander said. “It is all about raising money for a good cause and helping out people who need clothing or who just need some emotional support.” In addition to easing fi nancial hardships, the recycling system of an op-shop saves over two billion clothing items going to landfi ll each year. “There are a lot of people who like to shop at secondhand stores because they TAILOR MADE: ASDA volunteer Roger Smith is well known in Millicent for automotive repairs, but his lesser known tailor skills are equally as impressive. like the idea of recycling,” St Vincent de Paul volunteer Judy D’Onghia said. “Some of the items we get are so nice, we can’t believe people have thrown them out. “You can get some really good brands and quality made clothes at an op-shop.” 10 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Volunteers are critical to the operations of charity op-shops, with many donating countless hours serving customers, collecting and sorting goods. “Even though you might be out of the workforce, volunteering makes you feel as if you are still contributing to the com- SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Volunteers at Millicent’s ASDA charity store Joan Shephard and Chris Taylor sort clothing before the rush of customers during National Op-Shop week. munity,” ASDA volunteer Joan Shephard said. “We have four op-shops, which is a great effort for a small town and considering the amount of people who need a helping hand here I think we are all doing a great job.” Australia is among the world’s highest per capita donors of reusable clothing to charities, however need is outstripping donations. Donations of new and second-hand goods can be made by deposits into clothing donation bins or dropping items off directly to an op-shop. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au HELPING HAND: Volunteers at the Salvation Army op-shop Madeliene Schapel and Josie Young sort clothing during National Op-Shop week. VOLUNTARY ANGELS: St Vincent de Paul op-shop manager Maureen Barnes and Judy D’Onghia chat about their history with the organisation. Together, they have contributed 40 years of service.
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