Volunteers fly to rescue
YAMBA'S community spirit and dedication to keeping the Westpac chopper in the air can only be described as phenomenal.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter fundraising manager Zeke Huish said more than 60 volunteers had already registered to help out at the new op-shop in Yamba St, Yamba.
"We were amazed by the number of volunteers," Mr Huish said.
"It was phenomenal. It really did surprise us."
The store opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday, with customers flocking in to check out the bargains.
Mr Huish said the shop had been busy. "It's really nice to see the community getting behind it from the get-go."
The grand opening of the op-shop will take place on Monday, April 14.
Mr Huish said more volunteers were always welcome and anyone interested could contact the Lismore helibase on 6627 4444.
"When you get a group of volunteers together, the camaraderie builds up pretty quick - and that's exactly what has happened here," he said.
Volunteer Libby Cotter can vouch for that. She lives in the bush at Gurranang, where her only source of power is a generator.
"My iron has mothballs all over it because I can't run it on the generator," she said.
But on Wednesday she was happily ironing countless items of clothing at the op-shop.
"It's been a great first day here. it's just good fun," she said.
"It's good for your health.
"I think that getting out of the house and volunteering adds years to your life."