Sharon Hasham is packed and ready to move, but will host a garage sale for Treasure Trove Disability Op Shop before she goes.
Sharon Hasham is packed and ready to move, but will host a garage sale for Treasure Trove Disability Op Shop before she goes. Alistair Brightman

Op shop changed Sharon's life, and now she's giving back

RECEIVING a scooter from the Treasure Trove Disability Op Shop in Hervey Bay changed Sharon Hasham's life.

"In 2001, I fell from two stories while I was building a restaurant, and it fractured my spine," she said.

When Ms Hasham moved to Hervey Bay, she was unable to drive which created a whole new problem.

"I had to walk everywhere," she said.

"Every time I went to the supermarket, I had to walk a total of 8km, which included carrying all those bags back home.

"The bags would break, and I would be so tired, and would just cry."

All the walking made her receive knee problems, resulting in two knee surgeries.

But then, Ms Hasham found out people can rent scooters from the op shop and her life got instantly better.

She had a scooter borrowed for six years, and it didn't cost a penny.

"When I got the scooter, I could go to the doctor, I could go anywhere and it changed my life," she said.

"I even used to put my cat inside the basket and its head would be looking out, with my dog beside my legs.

She is now moving to Melbourne but will first give back to the organisation that helped her so much by holding a garage sale, with funds raised going to the Treasure Trove Disability Op Shop.

The sale will be at 19 Totness Street, Hervey Bay on Friday (July 22) and Saturday (July 23) 8am-3pm both days.