Whilst the August lockdown closed our op shops for one week, we had already experienced downturn in retail in July following the late June lockdown, increased mask wearing and COVID check-in requirements.  For Bloomhill this has already had a significant impact of several $10,000’s on earnings for the financial year. We rely heavily on every dollar that comes through our op shops and so we need your ongoing support.    

If you have any high value items gathering dust, now is the time to please give to any of our 10 op shops. We are planning (and hoping!) to recoup as much of these reduced sales as quickly as we can through the generosity of the community. Gifts, particularly jewellery and other high value items, are most welcome! We have skilled teams who are ensuring donations sell for what they’re worth – so please do not feel it is a waste to donate valuable items to us.   

Our op shops are at Caloundra, Beerwah, Maleny, Nambour, Brightwater (Mountain Creek), Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Buderim, Cooroy and Tewantin.   

Friends, if you have a moment to pop in and tell our wonderful op shop teams how great a job they are doing, please do! We’ve unfortunately had a run of unfriendly customer behaviour toward our people at the ‘coalface’, mainly from people who don’t want to wear a face mask in our stores despite the government regulations.  

We know this negativity does not represent the widespread respect in the community for what our volunteer-powered op shops achieve as the main source of income for Bloomhill. It certainly doesn’t reflect the kindness of our op shop team members in raising funds so our care team can continue helping those touched by cancer with individualised support.   

Please stop in and give our op shop teams some love! Contact details for Retail Lead Russell Lindsay and the 10 op shop teams are here.   

 

19 August 2021