The gift that keeps giving

In 1974 Barney and Sylvia arrived in Australia from Kenya having little idea of the impact that they were going to make in their lifetime.

In 1976 when Salvage to Care Op Shops were established as part of Archbishop Geoffrey Sambell’s social welfare vision, Barney was employed to establish and run the Anglican Op Shop in Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle.

Barney, and his team of volunteers worked so hard collecting, sorting and distributing goods to the needy and he remained connected to the mission of Anglicare WA until his passing.

43 years later, our six Op Shops continue to help those in need and all funding received from them goes back to supporting people through our many services.

In December we received a letter from Sylvia’s family to let us know that sadly she too had passed away but it was her wish to make a difference to the WA Community beyond her lifetime. To continue the legacy that Barney and Sylvia started all those years ago, she chose to leave a gift to Anglicare WA in her Will – to ensure that we are able to continue to help vulnerable Western Australians well into the future.

In the words of their family, “We are very proud of our parent’s legacy as they were generous with what they had. They lived simply so  others could simply live”.

We thank Barney, Sylvia and their family for their incredible generosity and ultimate belief in our mission.

Should you wish to have a confidential conversation about how you can make a difference beyond your lifetime by leaving a Gift in your Will, please contact Bec Stott, Philanthropy Manager on 9263 2077.

History of Op Shops

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