Mooloolah shines during National Op Shop Week

THE Mooloolah Community Centre is this week dusting off the fine china and throwing open their doors for a major sale to celebrate National Op Shop Week, August 21-27.

Run by more than 50 dedicated volunteers, the centre proudly claims to be the best Op Shop on the Sunshine Coast, boasting a variety of bric-a-brac and household items for less than $2.

They kicked off the celebrations with a morning tea on Monday, attended by friends of the Community Centre and Caloundra MP Mark McArdle.

Mooloolah Valley Community Association President Alan O'Callaghan said it was their way of saying thank you to their valued volunteers.

"You really can't beat the sense of community we have here," Mr O'Callaghan said.

MVCA Secretary Anita Verwayen said people could easily set up their whole house for a couple hundred dollars, with the proceeds going to a good cause.

"We spend the money on good causes for the community, that's what we do," she said.

"Just recently we were able to help a family from Beerwah where the mother had just lost her job and her son had eye problems and had a really short period of time to try and find the funds for an eye operation."

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle congratulated the team on their incredible efforts.

"Every time I come out here the crew is always busily working away, sorting goods to display in the Op Shop, which is always packed with customers," Mr McArdle said.

"They love what they do, the community love what they do and for anybody who hasn't visited the Mooloolah Community Centre you really need to come out here for a visit to see what everyone is talking about."

Sally Creagh from Do Something says donating to a local Op Shop is a great way to help others.

"Donating to your local Op Shop is a great way to support the fantastic welfare programs they provide for the community - but did you know that an estimated 40% of the items donated to op shops are thrown out?" she said.

"Donating unusable junk amounts to illegal dumping at op shops."

Ms Creagh recommends the following when clearing out the cupboards:

 • Clothes are sorted according to their wearability and marketability, so make sure items are clean and preferably wrinkle-free. Obvious stains, rips or broken zips etc will result in the item being rejected, so only donate clothes you would not be embarrassed to give to a friend. A missing button is ok, but try to make any small repairs before you donate.

 • If you are not sure about whether your furniture or other item is donatable condition, call your local charity op shop and ask them to clarify. A missing drawer in a dresser might exclude it for some charities, but others may accept it due to it's upcycling potential.

The Mooloolah Community Centre is located at 43 Bray Rd, Mooloolah Valley. The Op-Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9am-1pm. They also run community garden and mosaic workshops, host a monthly community barbeque, offer JP signing services and counselling and offer financial relief for those in need.

Visit www.mooloolahcommunitycentre.org


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