Chermside Op-Shop Celebrates Vital Role of Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Volunteer Sri Puspa Atkinson continues to make a profound impact at Save the Children Chermside op-shop, dedicating over a year to helping those in need and bringing joy to the community.

Sri, originally from Indonesia and a Brisbane resident for nearly 24 years, embodies the spirit of altruism at the Chermside op-shop. With a diverse background spanning film production and documentary work, Sri’s passion for volunteering has been a constant thread throughout her life. 

“For me, there is no happier feeling than to be able to help those in need and see them happy,” Sri shared, reflecting on her over a year of volunteer work at the op-shop, as Australia commemorates National Volunteer Week from the 20th to 26th of May 2024. 

Save the Children volunteer Sri at Chermside
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Her creative skills as a former make-up artist and costume designer in the film industry play a significant role in her current volunteer work, especially when creating engaging displays from donated items.

Community Impact

Andrena Nowlan, Save the Children Australia’s Director of Retail, highlighted the essential role of volunteers like Sri. 

“Without the support of volunteers, including the wonderful volunteers in our op shops, it would be much harder to carry out our work that protects and supports children across Australia and around the world,” she said. 

Ms Nowlan emphasised that National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions of volunteers within their communities and their dedication to the organisation’s mission.

Chermside op-shop volunteer Sri
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A Legacy of Helping Children

Save the Children has been an active part of the Australian community for over a century and stands as one of the country’s leading child rights charities. 

The Chermside Op-Shop, located at 755 Gympie Road, has been operational since October 2015 and continues to support the organisation’s lifesaving programs through the sale of donated items. 

These funds aid children both locally and globally, ensuring they receive the support and protection they need during critical times.

Published 22-May-2024