Saves the day: Avid volunteers Margaret Gillespie, Joan Lawless and Sue Johnson share a laugh before Mrs Johnson opens her garage sale each Thursday to help the orphans.
Saves the day: Avid volunteers Margaret Gillespie, Joan Lawless and Sue Johnson share a laugh before Mrs Johnson opens her garage sale each Thursday to help the orphans.

Local volunteer opens store

WHETHER it’s 15 minutes, a couple of hours you can spare or an idle shed you’ve been meaning to rid the lawn of, long-term volunteer Sue Johnson wants to meet you.

Mrs Johnson’s home has been the ferreter’s dream for almost a decade as the wearable, quirky and useable was sold and raised about $30,000 for Hope and Peace House, homes for about 400 orphans in Afghanistan.

“We usually have a garage sale a few times a year but now I’m opening up a shop so we can sell once a week,” Mrs Johnson said.

“I’m looking for some helpers, anyone can come on down and enjoy a laugh. Even if they come for 15 minutes to help out, once they’ve been here they’ll come back because we make a nice pot of tea and it’s a great atmosphere.

“One thing I would love is a shed because people donate all kinds of things and I quickly run out of room.”

Long-term volunteers Margaret Gillespie and Joan Lawless have teamed up with the philanthropist to make the weekly sale a possibility.

“One thing which really annoys me is people who say they’re bored,” Mrs Gillespie said.

“There are so many places out there that need volunteers. Its great way to build self-confidence and meet new people and friends.”

Mrs Gillespie has about 30 years of volunteering experience and can’t wait to entice others to join the cause.

“This is something I love to do, everyone who has a go will love it too, no matter your age,” she said.

This week will mark the first Thursday sale so go and check it out at 15 Freestone Road from 9.30am to 1pm.

If you would like more information or have a shed on offer contact Mrs Johnson on 4661 5098.



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