LINDISFARNE’S much- loved Unicorn Op Shop has celebrated 50 years of servicing the local community, with long- term supporters and volunteers gathering last month to mark the occasion.
Officially opened in 1972 after the Lindisfarne Church and the Bellerive Church became Clarence Uniting Church, the Unicorn Op Shop continues to operate from its original location on Wellington Street.
“The money raised in- store has funded various community projects and programs that do not receive government funding,” Unicorn Op Shop volunteer Jan McGrath said.
“The community brings in their donations, items are sold back to the community and the funds raised support key community initiatives in the local area.
“We have funded various PCYC programs, donated to Colony 47, Loaves and Fishes, Orange Sky and various primary schools on the Eastern Shore.”
Volunteers who have assisted in operating the Op Shop over the past 50 years were invited to join supporters, friends and family for a special 50th anniversary lunch at Clarence Uniting Church in Bellerive on 13 November.
The celebration was an opportunity for old friends to reminisce on fond memories.
“The ladies who volunteer here are a family,” Jan said.
“One volunteer, Roye Smyth, has been involved since the very beginning and is still donating one morning each week to work in the store.
“Volunteering at the Unicorn Op Shop gives people the opportunity to donate their time to something that really benefits the community.
“We have always prioritised keeping prices low to meet the needs of the community, with children’s clothing $1 per item and infant clothing priced at six items for $4.”
The Unicorn Op Shop is open from 10am-4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday.