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A Call for Help from New Waikato Opshop

A call for help from new Waikato Opshop

Only weeks after opening, Hamilton’s newest opshop is already in need of more volunteers and quality donated items.

Business has been bustling since Orphans Aid International opened its new opshop’s doors at 117 Commerce St, Frankton, in Hamilton on June 20th.

Opshop manager Martine O’Callaghan says there were quite a few people knocking on the door in the week leading up to the opening and about a dozen waiting eagerly to get in on opening day.

“We have had heaps of repeat custom in the weeks we have been open, and customers are all mentioning our friendly staff, lovely clean shop, reasonable prices and that we are really well merchandised.”

Orphans Aid International is a New Zealand charitable trust established in Invercargill in 2004, and the head office based in Queenstown since 2006. Its projects rescue and care for abandoned children in five nations, and it is also involved in helping children in need here in New Zealand, particularly through its opshop network.

“The Hamilton shop is our most northern store and our sixth shop in New Zealand - our other shops are in Hastings, Invercargill, Dunedin South, Dunedin North, and Queenstown,” Ms O’Callaghan says.

Although the team has been grateful to receive regular donations, Ms O’Callaghan stresses they still need much more.

“We urgently need any donations of quality sellable products – children’s clothing, toys and small furniture is especially needed – although we cannot accept electrical goods. We are also keen to find more volunteers, especially anyone who could do furniture pick-ups for us, even once a week or fortnight.”

Ms O’Callaghan adds, “Orphans Aid International has strong supporters in the Waikato and we are very excited to be part of both the Frankton and wider Waikato community.”

To volunteer for the Waikato Opshop please contact the charity’s head office in Queenstown on 0800 677 426 and to donate please visit the Orphans Aid Opshop at 117 Commerce St, Frankton in Hamilton.


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