Charity op shops know how to rock

RON Kitchin and Father Ken Spreadborough rock out in church for Wintersun.
RON Kitchin and Father Ken Spreadborough rock out in church for Wintersun.

THEY might represent different religions and be on different sides of the border, but that doesn't stop St Vincent de Paul and the Anglican Church getting involved in Wintersun.

Throughout the year, St Vinnie's Tweed Heads op shop volunteers collect leather jackets, full skirts “and anything with frills and sparkles” that come through the door, for a special Wintersun collection sale.

Shop manager Jan Parker said the display has become a drawcard for festival visitors.

“People know about our stock and as soon as they hit our shores, they're straight in,” Mrs Parker said yesterday.

The collection, sold at premium prices, is an important fundraiser for the Beryl Street charity shop.

Over in Coolangatta, worshippers will rock their socks off at the Anglican Church rock'n'roll service on Sunday at 9am.

Now in its sixth year, the unusual service came about from a bright idea by parishioner Ron Pyle, who had recently moved to the area.

Father Ken Spreadborough will be officiating at the service, with local rocker Ron Kitchen leading the performance.

The service includes classics such as 'Sing, Sing, Sing', 'Love Me Do' and 'Sixteen Candles'.

The culmination is a huge sing-along to the Johnny O'Keefe classic 'Shout'.

“The whole place goes crazy,” Mr Kitchen said.

“I thought the church was going to fall down when we did it the first year.”

The service also includes an auction of rock'n'roll memorabilia donated throughout the year. Proceeds are used for welfare projects in the parish and training youth leaders.

The church is on the corner of Dutton and Lanham Streets.

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