Op shop role is Vinnies worker’s strong suit

Se­lec­tion wears well

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY rachel. ri­ley@ news. com. au

LYN Dan­vers is the back­bone of St Vin­cent De Paul in Bowen and has worked tire­lessly – seven days a week – to help the town’s op- shop be­come a place peo­ple from all over the North come to visit.

Ms Dan­vers has been nom­i­nated for a Com­mu­nity Spirit Medal, spon­sored by the Nine Net­work Queens­land, which recog­nises those whose self­less ac­tions have en­riched the lives of those in their com­mu­nity.

The Bowen re­tiree said she ini­tially joined the char­ity group one day a week but had since taken over the co- or­di­na­tion of the lo­cal char­ity store and more than 30 vol­un­teers.

“I find this nom­i­na­tion amaz­ing,” Ms Dan­vers said.

“I was work­ing full time and when I re­tired I de­cided I wanted to give back to the com­mu­nity, and St Vin­cent De Paul is a very good or­gan­i­sa­tion. Of course, it is all about the team of ladies but I would ac­cept this on be­half of all of them.”

Ms Dan­vers said she joined Vinnies nine years ago and took over the co- or­di­na­tion of the shop al­most four years ago.

“We fine­tuned the shop and it’s now one of the best op­shops in the North,” she said.

“Peo­ple come from Proser­pine and all over just to come shop­ping here.”

The Pride of Aus­tralia cam­paign has awarded more than 550 medals and shared more than 19,000 sto­ries of hope, in­spi­ra­tion, courage and tri­umph over ad­ver­sity.

Nom­i­na­tions are now open and close on July 19.

Cat­e­gories in­clude Child of Courage, Out­stand­ing Brav­ery, In­spi­ra­tion, Fair Go, Hero­ism, Courage, Young Leader, En­vi­ron­ment, Care and Com­pas­sion, Com­mu­nity Spirit.

The fi­nal­ists for each cat­e­gory will be an­nounced on Au­gust 30.

To make a nom­i­na­tion, visit t o w n s v i l l e b u l l e t i n . c o m. a u / pride­o­faus­tralia In 2013 Ca­lyn, 7, pushed his brother Kya out of the way of a car, sav­ing the four- year- old’s life. In the process Ca­lyn was hit by the car, frac­tur­ing his skull and re­sult­ing in brain dam­age. For his heroic ac­tions Ca­lyn re­ceived the 2014 Pride of Aus­tralia Child of Courage Medal.

townsville­bul­letin. com. au/ pride­o­faus­tralia

2014 CHILD OF COURAGE MEDAL­LIST

Pic­ture: EVE REITMAJER

TEAM EF­FORT: Lyn Dan­vers at the Vinnies store in Bowen.

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