Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Op Shop volunteers (left to right) Margaret Chapman, Maggie Child and Marie Ellis support a cut-out helicopter crew member. Scott Harlum
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Op Shop volunteers (left to right) Margaret Chapman, Maggie Child and Marie Ellis support a cut-out helicopter crew member. Scott Harlum

Shoppers pop into chopper op shop

THE tradies have left, the shelves are up, the volunteers are trained, the doors of the Casino Helicopter Op Shop have opened and the customers are shopping.

The shop opened its doors at 112 Barker St, Casino, on Monday.

It is the community rescue helicopter service's fifth op shop in its flight region which stretches from the Tweed in the north, south to Nambucca and west to Tenterfield.

The service's fundraising manager Zeke Huish said its existing op shops in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Ballina had proven very popular and he expected the Casino shop would also do well.

"Our op shops are absolutely vital to the operation of the service as they are major contributors to its funding," Mr Huish said.

"The op shops also perform an important social role by helping needy families to equip their homes and clothe themselves."

The shop will be officially opened by Richmond Valley mayor Col Sullivan tomorrow at 10am.

Helicopter community relations officer Brooke Gibson said the community was excited.

"People keep popping their heads into the shop to see how it is going," Mrs Gibson said.

"Our team of volunteers has been hard at work setting up the shop and receiving training in preparation for the opening.

"I have been very impressed with the friendliness shown by the volunteers and the community in Casino."

The op shop will be open from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and from 9am-noon on Saturdays.



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