Gloucester Community Shop donations

Members of the receiving organsations joined the Gloucester Community Shop volunteers for a presentation. Photo Anne Keen
Members of the receiving organsations joined the Gloucester Community Shop volunteers for a presentation. Photo Anne Keen

Volunteers from the Gloucester Community Shop are thrilled they have once again been able to donate money to local organisations.

Representatives from five different groups were each handed a cheque from the money raised at the community-run op shop at a presentation event on Wednesday, June 5.

The two groups, Gloucester Breast Cancer Support Group and Gloucester Prostate Cancer Support Group, shared the money raised from the shop's Biggest Morning Tea held on Saturday, June 1, seeing each group receive $844.25.

Both groups provide support for Gloucester residents dealing with any type of cancer diagnoses, with the breast cancer group handing out more than $1000 to local families in the last month alone, according to member Di Rosenbaum.

"These funds make such a huge difference," prostate cancer group member, Robert Sparke said during the presentation.

Receiving a $500 cheque, from monies raised from the day-to-day sales of the shop, was the Gloucester Worimi First Peoples Aboriginal Corporation to help go toward NAIDOC celebrations in early July.

Gloucester Mountain Man Tri Challenge also received $500 to help toward the costs of running the annual event, as well as, the Day for Derek organisers, with funds going toward brain cancer research.

Community shop volunteer, Cedric Salter said they feel lucky to be able to funnel so much support back into the community.

"It's a pleasure to do it because that's what we're here for," Cedric said. "We've been able to do this from all the support and donations we've received. It's been overwhelming. When we started we didn't know how far we'd go."

Since opening the shop less than a year ago, the committee has been able to continually take the profits from selling items donated from the community and hand it directly back to groups, individuals and organisations.

The shop, located at 41 King Street, is open Tuesday to Friday from 8am to 2pm and Saturday from 9am until noon, with donations of good, clean clothes, bric-a-brac and kitchenware accepted during business hours.