It?s not work for this team, it?s a labour of love

FOR Carol Inslay, working on the recent refurbishment of the St Vincent de Paul store has been a labour of love. The 73-year-old great-grandmother of five was one of 15 volunteers and four staff who gave up their time to revamp the large op-shop on Gladstone Road.

The refurbishment began in the first week of November and was re-opened for business on November 28.

"We did the painting, the floor covering and re-upholstered the counter and lots of other jobs too,'' Mrs Inslay said. Mrs Inslay said there were too many changes to the store to mention.

"You wouldn't think it was the same place, we changed everything from the ground up,'' she said.

Mrs Inslay has been volunteering for St Vincent de Paul for the past 12 years, and her husband Richard is also heavily involved as a volunteer for the Queensland Cancer Fund.

"He comes and volunteers with me down here sometimes too,'' Mrs Inslay said. "I volunteer because it's just something you do to help people out,'' she said.

St Vincent de Paul diocesan operations co-ordinator, Debbie Gilson, said that the volunteers had done a wonderful job on the refurbishment.

"They really did a fantastic job, the store looks absolutely terrific,'' Ms Gilson said.

"All the materials used are recycled materials except for the floor coverings. "Initially the volunteers were told that they could have some time-off because the store would be closed for the renovation but they insisted on coming in and doing it themselves,'' she said.

The volunteers were shown how to use tools and worked in supervised groups to complete the revamp.

"One morning I came into work and two of our volunteers, who are almost 80 years old, were kneeling and laying on the ground trying to paint in and around the fixtures ? it just shows how dedicated these people are,'' said Ms Gilson.

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