Local cancer charity seeks volunteers

Sunshine Coast-based charity, Bloomhill Cancer Help is searching for selfless volunteers to offer their precious time to work in its Cooroy Op Shop.

The Cooroy Op Shop, located at 21 Maple Street, Cooroy, is the newest one of six Bloomhill Op Shops situated throughout the Sunshine Coast, opening its doors late last year.

Bloomhill Manager of Volunteer Services, Alexsandra Bert said volunteers were at the heart of Bloomhill and without them, the charity would not be able to continue to provide the high level of care to its growing number of clients.

“Bloomhill services more than 900 clients from across the Sunshine Coast, including Cooroy and surrounding areas,” Ms Bert said.

“We are in particular need of volunteer workers for our Cooroy Op Shop, but all volunteers are welcome.

“Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and can be really rewarding, knowing you have made a difference in the lives of others,” Ms Bert said.

Elaine Funch, one of the Cooroy Op Shop volunteers, has been donating her time to Bloomhill for more than 12 years and said there were many reasons why she enjoyed volunteering.

“Being a volunteer is great because of the sense of satisfaction you feel knowing you are making a real contribution during your spare time,” Elaine said.

“It really is a social activity where you make life-long friends with your fellow volunteers and regular customers,” Elaine said.

Bloomhill Cancer Help is a Sunshine Coast based charity and provides support and assistance to those affected by cancer. Operated by a team of dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers, Bloomhill offers counselling, transport to appointments, respite care and a range of complementary therapies and other practical help.

Bloomhill relies on support from the community to provide valuable service to people with cancer and their families throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Ms Funch said Bloomhill were fantastic to volunteer for.

“My husband and I are both cancer survivors and we understand the value of organisations like Bloomhill and how much they are needed,” she said.

The other Bloomhill Op Shops are located in Buderim on Main Street, Nambour opposite the hospital, Maroochydore on First Ave, Mooloolaba on Brisbane Rd and Caloundra on Bullcock Street.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Bloomhill on 07 5445 5794 or email admin@bloomhill.com.au.

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