GIVING BACK: Maria White and Clare McGilvery love volunteering at Gunther Village Opportunity Shop.
GIVING BACK: Maria White and Clare McGilvery love volunteering at Gunther Village Opportunity Shop. Felicity Ripper

Meet the Gayndah girls who love to give back

MEET Maria White and Clare McGilvery, two of the many wonderful locals who volunteer their time to support Gunther Village aged care home.

Working at the Gunther Village Opportunity Shop in Gayndah, the pair take hours out of their week to sort and sell clothes to raise proceeds for a cause close to home.

But that's not all they do.

"We have plenty of singing and sometimes we even dance, we just have a lot of fun volunteering here,” Mrs White said.

"If the customers come in and see you're looking bored they're not going to have a good experience so we want to enjoy ourselves.”

Alongside a dozen other volunteers, Mrs White has been working at Gunther Village Opportunity Shop for around three years.

Mrs McGilvery was asked to help out at the shop just two months ago and she has already enjoyed the experience.

"We're helping the home get everything that they need to make the residents' lives comfortable,” Mrs McGilvery said.

"The robotic seal for instance, we raised enough money for the home to purchase that.”

The ladies said that being able to see the direct impact their volunteering has is very rewarding.

"It's just great, seeing them get what they need makes you feel really warm,” Mrs McGilvery said.

Not only does their time at the shop give back to Gunther Village, but the ladies said they got a lot out of it personally.

"I've made a lot of friends working here and every time I come in is an opportunity to socialise,” Mrs White said.

"And you meet travellers, people from out of town and locals you haven't gotten to know yet,” Mrs McGilvery said.

They especially love learning about the ventures of their customers and getting to know people.

"We had three sisters in here earlier who were very excited because they were heading out to Roma,” Mrs McGilvery said.

"They grew up in Roma and they had never been back sice so they came in to buy a few items for their trip.”


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