Volunteer power at Canshop
Up to 60 volunteers a week run Queenstown’s Canshop, and they are celebrating volunteer power this week.
It is New Zealand Volunteer Week and it is the people who give their time that create highly successful enterprises such as the Canshop.
Volunteer Betty Hanan said the shop was the best kept op-shop secret in the Wakatipu.
‘‘But judging by how busy we are now, perhaps we’re no longer a secret.’’
Volunteer Eva Boyer said the location in Remarkables Park also ensured it had one of the best views with its outlook to the Remarkables.
A typical week’s roster is filled by as many as 60 women who give their time to the store and the cause because they enjoy the company and the work, Boyer said.
‘‘But most of all I enjoy doing something that gives back to the community. Cancer is a terrible disease and the work the Cancer Society does is amazing.’’
For visitors it is also an opportunity to sell some of the best opshop clothing in the district with the likes of Claire Brinsley, designer and owner of clothing label Claire Bloom, involved.
‘‘Such is the feeling of gratitude to the Cancer Society that you simply want to give, to do whatever you can,’’ Brinsley said.
All profits from the shop go to the Otago Southland Cancer Society.
Canshop Queenstown volunteers celebrate National Volunteer Week.