Clarence Valley Mayor Richard Williamson joined Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter chairman Warren Tozer this morning for the official opening of the rescue helicopter’s latest fundraising initiative – a new Opportunity Shop in South Grafton.
 
“Opportunity shops are a proven and effective revenue source for charities. Our Lismore Op shop has provided first-hand insight into the benefits of Opportunity Shops as a fund-raising initiative for the rescue helicopter,” Mr Tozer said.
 
“In the current economic climate, more people are shopping at opportunity shops. It is our aim to open at least one Opportunity Shop each year throughout the flight service area over the next three years.
 
“We are lucky to be supported by a group of dedicated volunteers, whose ongoing efforts will help to make this goal achievable.”

The Op Shop is run entirely by a dedicated group of over 40 Grafton-based volunteers and due to their generosity will operate Monday–Friday from 9am–4pm and Saturday 9am–noon. 
 
Local businesses and individuals played a huge role in making the opening of the Op Shop possible. 

The rescue service offers special thanks to: Warren and Dale Austen of Carpentry and Home Renovation, Russell Graham of Russell Graham Contract Carpets, John Walters of Electrical & Data Communications, Ron Skinner of Ron Skinner Marine, Arthur Lysaught of Grafton District Services Club, Karen and John Edwards of the Junction Hill Family Store, Will Newton of Grafton Hire, Kye Masters of Cansdell Signs, Tony Blackadder of Grafton Ally Fabrications, Bob of Brisbane Carpet & Vinyl Traders and Ron Bell of Radio 2GF.
 
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Op shop is located at 68 Through Street, South Grafton, and will be a haven for bargain hunters looking for quality pre-loved clothing and bric-a-brac.