Op­tus store restor­ing faith in com­mu­nity

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OUR lo­cal Op­tus store has a range of Chris­tian-based char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions you can help, sim­ply by sign­ing up to a new con­tract in-store.

Op­tus Kin­garoy store man­ager Michaela Hawkins in­forms us how the lo­cal­ly­fo­cused com­pany is do­ing its part to help the com­mu­nity.

“Our in­cen­tive is that it’s very im­por­tant to be giv­ing. It’s a godly-based ini­tia­tive which is based on bib­li­cal prin­ci­ples, which doesn’t fo­cus on mak­ing money but in­stead giv­ing back.

“When a cus­tomer signs up to a con­tract, they can choose one of these char­i­ties and our com­pany, Net­work Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, will do­nate 5 per cent of the cus­tomer’s bill,” she said.

These char­i­ties in­clude Red Frogs Aus­tralia, Global Care, SU Queens­land, Youth Alive, and many more.

“A lot of peo­ple en­joy this scheme be­cause it makes peo­ple feel like they’re get­ting more in­volved and help­ing out, rather than just putting all their money to a cor­po­rate fran­chise.

“The cus­tomers of­ten come in and say, ‘I’ve never been of­fered this at other Op­tus stores,’ and that’s be­cause not all stores do it. That’s the perk of shop­ping with us and com­ing back to our lo­cal store, be­cause the money goes to a good cause,” Mrs Hawkins said.

She said the team also wanted to do more for these causes within the South Bur­nett com­mu­nity.

“We want to con­nect with the chap­lains and help them there. I know they do a lot for the kids and there is a strug­gle for them fi­nan­cially, so we want to con­tinue help­ing any way we can.

“I do know in the past we have had the Red Frogs come out to work with these chap­lains, so we do sausage siz­zles and help them raise money, but we’ve also been try­ing to get them out again to work with the Flexi School at the skate park and give them a fun day for the com­mu­nity.”

PHOTO: AN­TON ROSE

GIV­ING BACK: The lo­cal Op­tus store of­fers to do­nate a per­cent­age of its cus­tomers’ bills to char­ity.

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