$1 million for Bowerbird
EUROA opportunity shop The Bowerbird earned its millionth dollar last week.
The milestone was celebrated with a party out the front of the shop, including a barbecue, live music, and prizes for the lucky shoppers who spent the magic millionth dollar in store.
The op shop has been open since 2008, and since that time has been run by a group of volunteers as a fundraiser for Euroa Health.
When The Bowerbird first opened its doors, no one could’ve predicted it would be such an incredible success, according to current coordinator Lorraine Kubeil.
“Back in 2008 the shop was called ‘Bowerbird Boutique’, and it sold only a relatively small number of quite upmarket items.
“We’ve since had to drop the ‘boutique’ part of the name because the popularity of the place means it doesn’t quite fit the boutique tag, and we sell all sorts of things.
“We have both visitors and donations from all over the place. Our reputation has grown, and people come to us.”
The Bowerbird has become such a large shop that it now leases the shed behind it to store all the donated items that simply cannot fit into the shop at this moment in time.
Reaching $ 1 million is an incredible achievement for what began as a humble op shop run by a 42-person strong volunteer team.
It is also an amazing achievement for the community of Euroa and surrounds who have supported it, and in turn, Euroa Health.
Richard McGeehan is a Euroa Health board member.
Mr McGeehan said the shop was vital in raising the funds required for equipment and infrastructure for the town’s healthcare facilities.
“About 75 cents from every dollar made at the shop ends up going to Euroa Health, which is absolutely critical to the operations of the hospital and aged care facilities.
“The op shop alone ended up donating around $700,000 to the GraniteHill building appeal. Without that money it’s hard to imagine we would’ve had the facility ready when we did.
“This is thanks to the fantastic group of volunteers do a fantastic job in making this place the great success it has been.”
The op shop has been critical not only in the completion of the new GraniteHill building, but also keeping the old aged care facility up to standard.
The Bowerbird is not only of great benefit to Euroa Health, Ms Kubeil explained, but also to the community as a whole, many of whom see it as more than an op shop.
“A lot of people within the community come in here for a chat and to meet up with others.
“It’s a great social hub for a lot of people.
“We also donate a lot of things to the less fortunate within our community, or those who have a specific need.”
The work of The Bowerbird is not over yet, and both Euroa Health and the volunteer team are hoping it can continue to operate as a success fundraiser for years to come.
All donations remain very much welcome.
WINNER, WINNER: Wendy Korsten (left) was the lucky winner of the main prize. Wendy, pictured with Euroa Health board member Nola Dudley, has been in Euroa a little over 12 months and said she ‘loved the town’s community spirit’.