22 January 2018
The OzChild OpShop in Highett re-opened on January 15, after undergoing a major refurbishment.
Funds, materials and labour were all generously donated by businesses and members of the local community.
Mills Oakley Lawyers, who are also generous supporters of the OzChild Wishing Tree, provided funds to begin work on the refurbishment, after The Bendigo Bank in Highett had provided an initial grant which allowed new shelving and racking to be fitted.
Bunnings Mentone then provided the paint and Kieren Tilbrook, brother of longtime supporter of OzChild and OpShop volunteer Michelle Tilbrook, provided the handy work.
“We really are all so happy to be offered a lovely environment for all walks of life to be able to purchase quality items at a really affordable price,” Michelle said.
Run entirely by volunteers, the OpShop has been a pillar of Highett’s local community for 25 years and plays an important role in helping raise funds for OzChild. These funds are crucial in providing on-going support to vulnerable and at-risk children and young people.
“Before I started [working]there I had so many friends comment on the fact that they just love coming into the shop to hear how much fun the ladies were having,” Michelle said.
“Nobody who comes there feels like it is a job but an absolute joy to be contributing to both the local and extended community.”
The refurbishment has giving the OpShop a new lease of life, making it ready for another busy year in 2018.
“The lovely staff are so excited about what the next 12 months are going to bring at the shop,” Michelle said.
You can check out the new look OzChild OpShop at 356 Highett Street, Highett 3195.
And you never know, you just might find that ‘something’ you ‘just needed’.