At the opening of the new Life Saver Rescue Helicopter op shop in Ballina recently was Mayor Phil Silver (front ) with (l-r) Ballina councillor Sharon Cadwallader, op shop co-ordinator Maree Motley, Rescue Helicopter general manager Kris Beavis and board member Paul Muldoon.
At the opening of the new Life Saver Rescue Helicopter op shop in Ballina recently was Mayor Phil Silver (front ) with (l-r) Ballina councillor Sharon Cadwallader, op shop co-ordinator Maree Motley, Rescue Helicopter general manager Kris Beavis and board member Paul Muldoon.

Opportunity knocks for helicopter

When the new Life Saver Rescue Helicopter op shop opened in Ballina recently, it immediately made twice as much money as any of the charity’s other three op shops have made in one day’s trading, which is an auspicious start according to Life Saver Rescue Helicopter general manager, Kris Beavis.

He said, as the helicopter service operates without direct government funding, new and innovative ideas were always needed to raise the funding necessary to continue operations.

“Our op shop in Lismore has shown us that op shops can be an important fundraising initiative, especially when you have a dedicated band of volunteers who have the community and the Rescue Helicopter at heart,” Mr Beavis said. “The current economic climate has seen more people shopping at op shops, but we also see people who choose to shop at op shops because of the bargains they can find.”

Mr Beavis thanked all the staff and volunteers for their time in setting up the new op shop, as well as the tradespeople who donated time and muscle to get it up and running.

The new op shop is in Martin Street and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 12pm.


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