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3 - Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Op shop a top spot after revamp
Bronwyn Parsons, volunteer manager of Another Chance Op Shop, prepares the store for its reopening.
Mary Lynn Mather
Among the not-for-profit
organisations and groups to benefit
from IMB Bank's Community
Foundation funding last year is a
small shop with a big heart.
Volunteer manager Bronwyn
Parsons said Another Chance Op
Shop would sport a great new
look'' when it reopened on
Wednesday, January 27, after its
Located in Scullin, the second-
hand outlet is a project of the
Mosaic Baptist Church and its aim
is to help Belconnen families with
affordable clothing, books,
magazines, toys, kitchenware and
Mrs Parsons said there was a
great increase in patronage'' in
2015 and she was looking forward
to welcoming people back to the
A happy customer is a returning
customer,'' she said, as she began
filling the shelves and hanging
spaces with various odds and
She said some kind donations
and a spurt of local generosity had
enabled a general freshening up''
of the shop.
The IMB Bank Community
Foundation funding allowed us to
replace the carpets, that were
20 years old,'' Mrs Parsons said.
Dulux contributed paint to the
project and Bunnings Belconnen
gave the store a simple kitchen unit,
comprising a benchtop, a sink
and a three-door cupboard.
Mrs Parsons said the sorting area
at the back was also widened,
giving those who worked there
more room to move.
We rely heavily on our faithful
volunteers and they're wonderful
people,'' she said as a woman came
to fetch a bookshelf for its next coat
Mrs Parsons said the shop was
filled with a medley of items, all at
reasonable prices, the better to
assist the community.
I love what I do,'' she said.
For more information on
Another Chance Op Shop, phone
6278 4135 or look for the shop on
We use a lot of social media,''
Mrs Parsons said, adding that
the network was so good
for little shops like this''.
In the ACT, 45 projects have
received a boost since the IMB
Bank's Community Foundation
Applications for the latest round
of funding close at 5pm on
Wednesday, February 24.
To apply, go to imb.com.au and
click on the Community
Foundation tab to download a form.
Parents warned to watch for dehydrated children
ACT Health has warned of the
danger of gastroenteritis after a
North Canberra childcare centre
was hit with the virus.
Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly
said a handful of staff and children
had been infected.
Despite being highly infectious,
norovirus doesn't tend to amplify
from childcares into the
community. But even one case
could become problematic if the
child became dehydrated, Dr Kelly
That can happen quite quickly,
and then when you start to get the
hot weather the symptoms of
dehydration can become quite
dangerous,'' he said.
Typical symptoms include
vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal
pain lasting between one and two
Keeping fluid up is the only
treatment. Severe dehydration
requires medical attention.
Dr Kelly said infected children
should be kept at home for 48 hours
after the last symptom.
Both kids and carers must
diligently wash hands and clean
It spreads not only by direct
contact with bodily fluid but also
by hands touching and where the
vomit ends up,'' Dr Kelly said.
Once a child goes home, it can
spread through the family.''
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