Vol­un­teer power at Can­shop

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - PETA CAREY

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.

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Can­shop Queenstown vol­un­teers cel­e­brate Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week.

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