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Kendall op shop praised in Parliament

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has spoken in Parliament about the generosity of the Kendall community and the great work of the Kendall Op Shop.

Mrs Williams said it is a genuine honour to represent such a generous community as that demonstrated by the people of the Port Macquarie electorate time and time again.

“One very special part of the electorate is the wonderful village of Kendall.  It may be small in size but it is huge of heart, particularly when it comes to raising funds to help others. The driving force of this generosity is the Kendall Op Shop.

“In 2009, a generous Grants and Sponsorship Scheme was established by the Kendall Op Shop and since that time $858,500 has been distributed throughout the Camden Haven area and beyond which is just extraordinary,” Mrs Williams said.

“The money has been raised thanks to the more than seventy volunteers who help out at the Kendall Op-Shop providing assistance to customers as they purchase donated or hand crafted furniture, clothing, and arts & craft just to name a few!

“The Op-Shop is a showcase of just what can be achieved when a community comes together, even one as small as Kendall – anything is possible!

“Last week, I once again gathered with the community at the annual event where grants are distributed to a range of worthy recipients totalling $68,900,” Mrs Williams said.

“As with many local community organisations raising money to support their work is a real challenge and so the financial contribution of the Kendall Op Shop under the leadership of President Diane Pope and her hard working Committee members as well as the volunteers have allowed these groups to continue with their important work for the Camden Haven Community and beyond.

“Thank you Kendall Op Shop – you are amazing and it is thanks to your tireless efforts that we have so many local assets from which we all benefit,” Mrs Williams said.

For a full transcript of Mrs Williams speech, go to; https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/hansard/Pages/member-speeches.aspx?pk=79

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