SCHOOL'S OUT: New Murgon business run by former principal
MURGON'S newest business is sure to be run like clockwork, with a former school principal at the helm.
Cecily Fry and her husband Kevin are proud volunteers at the new Vinnies store in Lamb St, Murgon.
Former principal for various schools and teacher at Proston State School, Mrs Fry retired five years ago and was ready for a change.
"I was pretty burnt out,” she said.
"We went to Europe on a river cruise.”
These days the special education teacher works on-call when she is needed, however her Vinnies' role takes up a lot of her time.
"I am still a registered teacher,” she said.
"I still get calls and if it something I think I can handle, I do it.”
Mrs Fry and her husband first got into volunteering with St Vincent de Paul Society because she wanted something to do after retiring from teaching.
"I just felt called to do it,” she said.
The new Vinnies store opened on Monday, June 24.
While they could always do with more, Mrs Fry said they have been impressed with the amount of people putting their hand up to help in the new store.
"We have had a good response from volunteers,” she said.
As well as being a bargain place to buy clothes, books, shoes and a multitude of other pre-loved odds and ends, the op-shop also has private offices to chat with members of the community.
The closed-door offices meant they now had a confidential place to meet with members in the community who needed assistance.
"We were interviewing in the park, down at the BP or at people's homes when they weren't really their homes,” Mr Fry said.
"It wasn't private enough, people would just walk past and see what we were doing.”
Mrs Fry said the welfare offices are there to assist those South Burnett residents who have fallen on tough times.
"We provide stuff for needy people and drought relief,” she said.
It seems the not-for-profit store couldn't have come at a better time.
"Over the last 12 months, the call on our services have been doubled,” Mrs Fry said.
There will be an official opening for the store on Friday July 5 with deputy mayor, Kathy Duff to open the store.