Westpac Helicopter Op Shop to land in Murwillumbah

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THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter as a local charity currently operates six Helicopter Op Shops around our northern NSW region.

In an exciting development as the vital emergency rescue service is now looking to open a new op shop in downtown Murwillumbah.

Before it can proceed with lease arrangements the service is seeking the support of the community and individuals to register and become a volunteer to work in store.

Fundraising Manager with the Service, Zeke Huish said “Typically when we open a new shop we need around 30-40 volunteers to register and help us to operate the shop throughout the week.”

“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.

“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.

“Depending on the level of volunteer registrations we look forward to having a new shop open early in the new year’ said Mr Huish.

To register your interest before the end of October, contact the Service directly on 6627 4444.