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Op shop flings open its ambulance doors

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 12/12/2012
St John Op shop

New opshop: Penny Blackman and Beryl Dunn have been working hard with a band of volunteers to get the St John secondhand store ready for last week’s opening.

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The first St John opportunity shop in Auckland opened its ambulance doors last week.

The charity has successfully run thrift shops elsewhere in New Zealand for years and hopes the Howick store will provide much needed funding.

St John Manukau Area committee secretary Beryl Dunn is asking for more volunteers to help for a few hours a week.

"We've had a good response but we certainly still need more," she says.

"They can either be out the back sorting, filling the shelves or working on the counter - they don't have to feel they have to be out the front."

In keeping with a St John theme, the entrance has been fashioned from a pair of rear ambulance doors.

Store manager Penny Blackman says the thrift shop has had a lot of quality donations from the public including clothing, books, furniture, glassware and china, but more is always appreciated.

"The support we have had so far has been overwhelming really."

Mrs Dunn says profits from the shop will go to the St John Manukau Area and will be "used for looking after the youth, equipment, training and uniforms".

The new shop is at Unit 7, 219 Moore St, Howick. Phone 537 6137 to volunteer.

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