10th November 2021
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I'd like to acknowledge and thank the most wonderful team of volunteers behind a truly remarkable venture operating in Morisset. Run by Paul Rankin and staffed by more than 100 volunteers, the ADRA Op Shop first opened its doors to the community in August 2020. The Op Shop operates out of a sprawling warehouse, selling everything from second-hand furniture to artworks, clothing and toys, electrical appliances, luggage and even hardware. All proceeds made from these sales are invested straight back into the community. This year alone ADRA has funded six university scholarships to graduates from Morisset High School, launched and operated a debt centre, contributed to the purchase of a van used to distribute food to those in crisis, donated funds to the Wyee Hub to build a laundry, showers and toilets for the homeless. They also provide clothing vouchers, haircuts and care packages to the homeless and also provide victims of domestic violence with free furniture, clothing and other household essentials. The next phase of this remarkable venture will see the centre launch a counselling service. I commend and thank this amazing team of volunteers for their incredible community work.
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