The Hunt4Hope Shop is a self-funded business where Matina, the owner, chooses to give 100% of the profits to Huntington’s NSW ACT who helps those affected by Huntington’s Disease.
Matina is the youngest of three siblings. She is an Australian woman who holds onto and lives by the family values of her Greek heritage. If a family member is in need, other family members will come together with support, both financial and emotional.
Travelling to over 50 countries for 15 years, Matina worked passionately in theatre, designing costume props and sets, ending up living in India for almost two years. During this time Matina volunteered for NGOs in rural Australia, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Nepal and India, primarily building schools and houses, teaching creative arts to children and assisting women to use sewing as a source of income. “I learnt many lessons during my time in less fortunate areas of the world and I came to realise we live in such a wasteful world! Things can be re-purposed, re-designed and re-used so easily. We can use our resources to benefit others,” Matina said.
During Matina’s travels her brother John fell in love and married. He and his wife have a gorgeous daughter. In 2013 John’s wife developed symptoms of Huntington’s disease and is now in full time care. Sadly, John’s wife and her sister are both living with Huntington’s disease.
Using her fundraising and retail experience Matina set about raising funds for Huntington’s NSW ACT with a book fair and online book sales. Her next idea was to run an Op Shop. Knowing that she would need the help of her family and friends to get the Hunt 4 Hope shop off the ground, she proposed the idea to her parents in 2017. With their help she created the opportunity to support the local community and to make significant donations to Huntington’s NSW ACT by donating 100% of the profits of the shop. “The shop ticks all the boxes. It provides employment, support for the local community and we are environmentally sustainable where possible,” she said.
The Hunt4Hope shop would happily take items from you. Please make contact with Matina if you are interested in helping out and can donate some items.
- DVDs and CDs in working order
- Books in good condition
- Glassware and crockery
- Kids toys in working order
- Clothes, new and pre-loved
- Artworks and craft items
- Plus other items
775 Anzac Parage, Maroubra Junction NSW 2035. Telephone 8957 6881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org