Aberdeen Treasures celebrates its 20th birthday with past and present volunteers

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Past and present volunteers of Aberdeen Treasures came together on Thursday to toast to their achievements over the past 20 years.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Past and present volunteers of Aberdeen Treasures came together on Thursday to toast to their achievements over the past 20 years.

ABERDEEN celebrated a treasure of their community on Thursday.

Past and present volunteers and friends of the much-loved Aberdeen Treasures came together for cake and punch to mark the organisation's 20th birthday.

The cake was cut by one of The Treasures' original volunteers, 84-year-old Lorna White.

She was part of a small group of ladies called Aberdeen Community Caring who started the op-shop when the meatworks shut down and it is now run by a team of 13 volunteers.

All profits, aside from rent and electricity, go back to the local community in donations.

In the past 20 years, The Treasures have handed over hundreds of thousands of dollars to the township, helping prop up everything from the junior cricket club and little athletics to projects at local schools.

In fact, it's hard to find a project in Aberdeen that The Treasures haven't had some sort of involvement in, with the group having donated thousands to bus shelters for students, outdoor exercise equipment and park benches to beautify the town.

While the community are certainly grateful for the group that continue to make such a difference in the lives of people in their town, the volunteers will tell you it's the community that make the real difference.

"The generosity of people is amazing," volunteer Noelene Burke said.

"What comes around goes around because they can see it goes back to the community.

"And we have people from Muswellbrook, Scone, Denman, Merriwa, Parkville, Wingen come in for exactly that reason."

One of the founding members, Carole Johnston - who many of the volunteers call the "beating heart" of the group - thanked the Aberdeen community for its continued support which has enabled the shop, located in Aberdeen Fair, to keep giving for the past two decades.

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