Helicopter Op Shop urgently needs volunteers


THE WESTPAC Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is looking for more volunteers to help establish an Op Shop in Murwillumbah in the new year.

The service requires a further 10 to 20 people who are interested in becoming a Op Shop Volunteer to register before this Wednesday, November 23.

“We have had good initial response with people registering to become a volunteer however we are still short of our target number which would ensure the Shop can be opened” said Zeke Huish, Fundraising Manager of the rescue helicopter service.

“Before we can commit to a lease we are still looking for a further 10-20 volunteer registrations which would see us being able to open the Shop early next year” said Mr Huish.

Support raised from the Op Shop will go directly towards maintaining the local rescue helicopter service that supports the Murwillumbah and Tweed Coast region.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter currently operates six Helicopter Op Shops around the Northern NSW region.

“Our op shops offer a great social environment for volunteers of all ages and an opportunity to meet new people, all while helping to raise support that will enable us to continue saving lives in the Tweed Valley,” said Mr Huish.

“With an operating budget of over $8M a year, the Service is not fully funded and relies on community and sponsorship support to help ensure it can be on standby 24 hours a day.

“The income generated via our op shops plays an important role in the delivery of our service.

“Every volunteer is truly part of every rescue mission we fly.”

The planned shop will be open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday mornings with volunteers able to help either for a full day, or for a morning or afternoon each week.

To register your interest please contact the service before November 23 by calling 6627 4444.