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Bundaberg RSPCA Op Shop needs volunteers

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The RSPCA is calling for volunteers at their Bundaberg Op Shop on Maryborough Street to help raise money for rehousing abandoned animals.

The op shop gives 100 per cent of funds back to local RSPCA animal shelters, helping to re-home abandoned pets.

According to Queensland Op Shop manager Rachael Hrycek, the local store recently underwent renovations with more services now available to residents.

“This means our op shop has become a lot busier so there is a real need for more volunteers to lend a helping hand with a range of jobs,” she said.

“Anything from sorting through donations to customer service and more, there is always plenty to do.”

Rachel said becoming an op shop volunteer required no previous experience, just a good attitude and willingness to learn.

“We can provide the training and there is no requirement to how much you work,” she said.

“Volunteers are only asked to make themselves available for a three-month period with the option of working as little as one shift a week.

“Shifts run in four hour timeslots from 9am to 1pm or 12pm to 4pm.”

Rachel said the opportunity to volunteer was also a great experience for those wanting to beef up their resume.

“We now have the opportunity to hire volunteers from as young as 16 years old who are looking for experience before entering the workforce,” she said.

“We also welcome those looking to make up hours for their Centrelink benefits to come in and volunteer for us.”

Bundaberg op shop holds many great finds

Rachel said the Bundaberg RSPCA Op Shop was unique in what it sold, with many clothing labels not able to be found anywhere else in the region.

“We have a huge range of women’s clothing available and, along with our local donations, we get a lot of items shipped from Brisbane,” she said.

“This includes a huge range of brands such as Seed Heritage, Temt, Witchery, Country Road and many more that you wouldn’t usually be able to purchase locally.”

Rachel said there were also many other items available in store.

“We have a range of bric-a-brac items as well as plenty of furniture that gets donated by the local community,” she said.

RSPCA op shop
All funds raised through the Bundaberg RSPCA Op Shop supports the rehousing of animals at local shelters, including these cute kittens with Bundaberg RSPCA's Lorin Grey.

RSPCA op shops helps keep shelters going

Rachel said RSPCA Queensland needs $55 million every year to keep its rescue shelters operating.

“Our op shops are a huge focal point in raising funds for our shelters,” she said.

“With Bundaberg having its own op shop and shelter, buyers know that their purchases are going towards the help of local animals who are in need of re-homing.”

For those wanting to become a volunteer at the RSPCA Op Shop at 12 Maryborough Street, drop in to see the team today. 

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