Mayfield Vinnies volunteer in it for the long haul

16/09/2019 Posted by admin

VOLUNTEER: Elaine Cusick sorts devotional items at St Vincent de Paul Society’s Mayfield op shop.EVERY Tuesday for the past 20 years, Elaine Cusick has applied her make-up and driven to St Vincent de Paul Society’s Mayfield op shop.

Mrs Cusick is a widow, a great grandmother and a devout Catholic, but above all, she is a volunteer.

The 81-year-old has been involved with the not-for-profit organisation since before its Church Street op shop opened in 1994.

She started out playing the piano at a local nursing home and helping to feed the homeless.

As she became known for her charity work, Mrs Cusick was approached by the then St Vincent de Paul Society president Neil McGoldrick and asked to volunteer at the Mayfield shop before it even opened.

Twenty years later, she is still there.

“St Vincent de Paul has been around forever and ever, just like me,” Mrs Cusick said.

“I’ve been happy coming here [to Mayfield] all these years because it gives me something to do.”

Mrs Cusick sources the shop’s devotional items and then sorts them for display.

This includes everything from brooches and communion souvenirs to prayer cards and rosary beads.

Mrs Cusick said you would be surprised how many people came looking for these items.

She knows most of these people by name, having worked at a gift shop in Mayfield for 30 years before she retired to volunteer for Vinnies.

The community is invited to join Mrs Cusick and staff to celebrate the Mayfield op shop’s 20th birthday tomorrow, Thursday, December 11, with a morning tea at 10.30am.

There will also be a half-price sale on everything except the devotional items.

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