Op-shop tour aids charity

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Denise Elphick and Fiona Sharp from Red Cross Op-Shop will participate in the Anti-Poverty Week Op Shop bus tour .
Camera IconDenise Elphick and Fiona Sharp from Red Cross Op-Shop will participate in the Anti-Poverty Week Op Shop bus tour . Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A quick visit to the op shop can teach you how such stores help members of the community who are struggling financially.

For Anti-Poverty Week, the City of Albany is encouraging residents to hop on board their op-shop bus tour on October 19.

City of Albany community development officer Rani Param said passengers would visit several op shops in Albany to learn how they can help.

“We got people in our community who are financially disadvantaged and do experience poverty here in our town, whether it is periodically or sustained,” she said.

“We do this to raise awareness for those less fortunate individuals who live in our community.

“The op-shop tour was something that we identified could increase people understanding about why op shops are important for people who can’t necessarily afford to purchase brand new things.”

As one of their main stops, the bus will visit the Australian Red Cross Op Shop on Lockyer Avenue, run by Fiona Sharp.

“Every time you shop at Red Cross, you are supporting the many programs and services they offer,” Ms Sharp said.

“Red Cross soup patrol provides a free hot meal of soup and bread everyday of the year to the homeless and low-income families, last year doing over 40,000 meals.

“Good Start Breakfast Club is another important program, helping kids around the State with a nutritious breakfast.”

The bus tour will start at the City’s North Road carpark.

To book a place, phone 6820 3023 or email commdevel@albany. wa.gov.au.

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