Whangarei Leader : August 7th 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 6.5-7mm plywood (seconds) $18 per sheet Carpet 2M Wide Rubber Backed $18.5 per metre Good Condition Doors and Windows -- bring em in! WANTED TO BUY LIMITED STOCK TODAY E-EDITION ONLINE Gay marriage Buy a brick Stay away The Olympics Find out what the word is on the street on legalising gay marriage --P3 A new community centre is planned but cash is needed to finish the job --P7 Seals need rest and space -- P23 See photos of our hockey and soccer girls at the Olympic Games. Go to whangareileader.co.nz and click latest edition. Find out what's on Joe Citizen's mind this week. Go online to whangareileader.co.nz and click on Local Blogs Super shop: North Haven Hospice shop volunteers, clockwise from front right: Jean Davidson, Shirley Douglas, Henk Oosterbroek, Clyde Deed and funding development and communications manager Hannah Blake are excited about the Hospice Shop expansion. Photo: DENISE PIPER Shop needs to grow By DENISE PIPER This shop is our biggest fundraising asset, we need to make use of that more than ever before. Hannah Blake, North Haven Hospice AN ARMY of volunteers with plenty of experience is lead- ing the expansion of the All- sortz Hospice Shop. The store on the corner of Robert and James streets sells donated goods to raise money for North Haven Hos- pice, allowing it to provide free palliative care to the ter- minally ill. Now more than ever the hospice needs funds from the shop, funding development and communications man- ager Hannah Blake says. The cost of providing ser- vices is going up because of inflation and an increase in patient numbers. But the organisation's funding from Northland Dis- trict Health Board remains the same. This shop is our biggest fundraising asset, we need to make use of that more than ever before.'' The store is growing so it can display, store and sell more goods. It will expand out along Robert St, into the area formerly used by NorthTec as a trainee salon. The store room will also expand from the James St end. It's a complicated process while the shop remains open and will involve several moves back and forth until the grand opening next month. That's why hospice is lucky to have experienced volunteers, such as Henk Oosterbroek. Henk volunteers 45 hours a week with hospice and is helping oversee the project. I used to have an engin- eering shop and ran con- tracts of various sizes. This is just a little one,'' he says. I've had close people go through hospice, some too close to home. I've had a good run and I feel like giv- ing something back,'' Henk says. It's a lot of fun. There's something that you can't buy with money, that's a smile.'' The shop is run by 250 rostered volunteers, who do everything from sorting the donations to manning the tills. Just two staff are paid, the manager and assistant, ensuring overheads are low. Hannah says the aim of the expansion is to increase sales by 30 to 40 per cent, with new areas such as gardening and youth. More donated goods, volunteers and shoppers will be needed. But prices won't increase, she says. And it's not just the old op shop stuff. People can fur- nish their house, grab a great suit, toys for the kids or grab an outfit for the races. It's going to be bigger and better and more exciting than ever.'' The shop is open weekdays 9am till 4.30pm and Sat- urdays 9am till 1pm.
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