Northern Rivers’ newest op shop opens its doors today
A NEW op shop is opening its doors to the community today, selling clothing, furniture and household items.
But this isn't an ordinary op shop.
Prompted by the series of natural disasters across the globe, a group of best friends formed the charity Global Ripple in 2014, and are now opening their op shop at 71 Banksia Drive in the Byron Industrial Estate.
It is hoped sales made in the shop will fund their future projects, including setting up a medical post in a remote village area near Mount Everest, after the team travelled there last year for disaster relief after the Nepal earthquakes.
They helped to build emergency shelters and distribute food aid to more than 180 people.
"When we received the call for help from our Nepalese sherpa friend 'Janga', we were told that their area had not been reached yet by other aid agencies, and that they desperately needed help," Global Ripple director Jacqui Boyett said.
"We also didn't realise there was a long-term medical emergency out there.
"The medical post we plan on creating for Waku is an urgent requirement. For example, at one stage we had to save the life of a 16-year-old boy, as visiting a doctor is a two-day walk into the mountains being carried in a basket.
"That should not happen and people should not be dying from things such as small infections."
Global Ripple has now received a number of direct calls for help, including recently a village in Fiji that ran out of food and water when devastated by Cyclone Winston in February.
"It was extremely hard work to put the money together to help Gunu Village," Ms Boyett said.
"This is why we need the op-shop."
Local projects include supporting homeless people with personal care services.
The Global Ripple charity puts 100% of its money into direct aid.
People can help by donating furniture or clothing and the charity offers free pick-ups for sellable goods. Phone 0457192225, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Global Ripple Facebook page.