When NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian officially opens Lifeline’s fifth and largest retail store on the North Shore on Friday 6 July, she will also be welcoming her newest next-door neighbour. The local member for Willoughby will need to walk only several steps from her electoral office on Willoughby Road to formally launch the latest addition to the popular Naremburn retail precinct.
“We chose this new location for a Lifeline Shop to raise awareness of Lifeline on the lower North Shore,” says Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury’s CEO Wendy Carver. “Lifeline Shops are a significant contributor to our ability to provide vital suicide prevention and crisis support services to our community.”
Nestled among bustling eateries, bars and cafes, the Lifeline Shop opened its doors to the public for the first time in late February. Visitors expecting a dark, stuffy room crammed with a jumble of tired discards were surprised to discover instead a large, light-filled space and browser-friendly layout offering a rich assortment of good-quality articles.
The shop is a treasure trove of donated items, some new and others pre-loved, that change with every day. Bargain hunters will find just about anything from furniture, artwork, fashion (including designer labels), footwear, men’s and children’s wear to fine china, homewares, toys and an impressive collection of books, CDs, DVDs and vinyls. Volunteer staff who work at the store often report on customers who have expressed delight over their amazing low-cost purchases and ‘lucky finds’.
Operated by Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury, the Naremburn store has already been warmly received by both residents and businesses in the area. “Our services are made possible by the wonderful efforts of our volunteers and through the generous donations and support of locals,” says Carver. Not only does the Lifeline outlet add a quirky new vibe and appealing destination to the local hotspot, those who shop in it know they are making a real contribution to helping Lifeline save lives.
Event: Official Opening of new Lifeline Shop at Naremburn
When: 3.30-6.00pm, Friday 6 July 2018
Where: 270 Willoughby Road, Naremburn
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