The ADRA Morisset Op Shop celebrated its expansion and renovation with an official re-opening celebration on Sunday, November 6. The op shop is now the sole occupant of a warehouse with over 2000m2 of floorspace, making it one of the largest op shops in Australia.
The celebration, attended by State Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper and Councillor Madeline Bishop, included the official cutting of the ribbon, appetisers, activities for children and the opportunity to enjoy the new space.
The ADRA Morisset Op Shop first opened its doors to the public in August 2020. Since then, it has become a flagship of bargains, support, and generosity within the community.
“The op shop is completely staffed by volunteers who have put an incredible amount of work into expanding the op shop over the last several months,” says Paul Rankin, ADRA Morisset Op Shop manager. “We currently have just over 150 active volunteers involved.”
In the first two years of operation, the op shop generated nearly $A1.1 million of revenue. After paying for overheads, including rent and utilities, the funds were channelled back into local community projects. Among them included: 12 university scholarships for Morisset High School students to attend Avondale University and the University of Newcastle; a $A40,000 contribution to the Northern Rivers flood relief; and support for the homeless in the Lake Macquarie region, including care packages and shower, toilet and laundry facilities.
“The ADRA Op Shop in Morisset has been such a blessing for the local community,” says Gordon Coutts, national retail manager for ADRA Australia. “Op shops are uniquely positioned to help provide quality, affordable goods to customers while also supporting local community projects through the proceeds.”