Boolaroo Shop Officially Opens!

Samaritans celebrated National Op Shop Week with the opening of new shop in Boolaroo on Friday 1st September.

Samaritans has three existing locations in Hamilton, Mayfield, Wallsend and is excited to welcome our fourth store in Boolaroo, located at 1/15 Main St,  following the success and growth of the other shops.

Our staff and volunteers were joined by members of the community and Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser to officially open the shop. Thank you to Uncle Bill, a Wirrigan Elder, for conducting the smoking ceremony to cleanse the shop. The shop offers a range of pre-loved clothing, bric-a-brac and books. It will not only provide the community with affordable items, but will also offer a destination for the Lake Macquarie community to recycle their used goods by donating to the shop.

“Samaritans Shops are a service that assist with raising funds for programs that attract little to no government funding. They also provide quality goods to people in need with vouchers supplied by our emergency relief centres, as well as selling quality pre-loved clothes at affordable prices to the community,” Peter Gardiner, Samaritans CEO, said.

“Samaritans Shops are largely staffed by volunteers and we are grateful for their generosity and commitment to the work of Samaritans.

“Opening a fourth shop would not have been possible without the great success of our other three stores and this is because of the staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the shops run smoothly and deliver such an important service to support those in need,” Mr Gardiner said.

Samaritans stores rely on the generosity of the community for donations of pre-loved clothing, linen, bric-a-brac and more and National Op Shop week presents an opportunity for everyone to clear out their wardrobe and give generously to our shops.

“Donations can be dropped directly to any of the Samaritans Shop locations, or to Samaritans head office at Warabrook during business hours. All donations make a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable people,” Mr Gardiner said.