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Op shop till you drop at King George Square
Op shoppers, mark this in your diaries — Link Vision is holding its 6th annual op shop bonanza on Friday, 2 August. There will be tons of clothing, jewellery, shoes, books, bric-a-brac and retro furniture for sale in the centre of Brisbane.
Op shop till you drop at this huge one-day sale. Photo supplied by Link Vision.
Link Vision's CEO, Terry O'Neill, said the sale will raise funds specifically for its Computer Club project which teaches computer skills to students with low or no vision, as well as those with special needs and other disabilities. Link Vision currently has five computer mentors and the tutoring is provided free to primary school students enrolled in the programme.
Another key role of Link Vision is providing specialised independent living for those with vision impairment. A complex of units tailored to people with low or no vision is available in Fairfield. Funds raised from Link Vision op shops in Wynnum, Geebung, Cannon Hill and Deception Bay help to subsidise the cost of accommodation.
Despite being a charitable organisation, Link Vision receives no government funding for its work. Instead, it relies on the patronage and support of op shoppers and the charitable public.
The Brisbane-based charity was founded in 1968 by Reverend Elsie Dodd and her husband Gordon to "enhance the lives of people with low or no vision". Half a century on and aged 96, Rev Dodd maintains an interest in the organisation and its work.
Individuals and businesses are invited to assist in continuing Rev Dodd's work through donations, sponsorship, voluntary work, and purchasing from Link Vision's op shops and annual bonanza.