Since the opening of St Paul's Op Shop on Tuesday the 6th of August 2013 the team of volunteers , with the help of the community, has accomplished so much. Just over $4,300.00 was donated in support of the medical outreaches of the MV Pacific Hope (run by Marine Reach). 'During the ships time in Vanuatu over the last three years, tens of thousands of men, women and children have received free medical care, including over 60 patients who received surgeries for cataracts. Thousands more have benefited from our education programs, including junior school children who attended our new "Keep Safe" programs.' St Paul's minister was part of an outreach of the MV Pacific Hope to Tanna and Erromango Islands which resulted in the current rebuild of the William Gray Memorial Church in Waisisi (meaning 'The Way is Easy'). The new building will be an asset for the whole Waisisi community.
The Op Shop's low prices and the quality of goods for sale reflect their philosophy that the shop should be a service to the community. A fashion parade with Op Shop clothes during a St Paul's social event resulted in many of the 'models' buying their outfits, or people in the audience being interested.
The friendliness of the volunteers is often complimented with a cuppa and a sweet for the little ones.
The Op Shop team gratefully acknowledges the community's generous donations of good sellable items. Regularly a person would literally give a bag filled with donations for the Op Shop, before buying something else.
The shop contributes much to the life and work of St Paul's Papamoa - a multicultural and caring community.
Jaco Reyneke - St Paul's Church. April 2018.
This article was first published in the April 2018 edition of the The Chronicle.
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We invite you to visit our great little shop, with a big variety of stock.
Come in and browse and have a free cuppa.
Donated goods most welcome