Lifeline Canberra is using International Volunteer Day (Friday, 5 December 2014) to publically thank its 550 strong volunteer workforce (300 Telephone Crisis Supporters and 250 Warehouse and Bookfair volunteers). In particular, the organisation wants to thank those who have been volunteering for Lifeline Canberra long-term, in some cases for 20 years.
“Lifeline Canberra has some volunteers who have quite literally been with us since day one. We are so proud, and grateful for the impact they have had on hundreds of thousands of Australian lives,” said Lifeline Canberra Chief Executive Officer, Ms Carrie-Ann Leeson.
Volunteers are an integral part of Lifeline’s suicide prevention work.
Lifeline’s core service is our 13 11 14 crisis line, however Lifeline volunteers support the charity in a multitude of ways.
“Volunteer warehouse and bookfair staff, baristas and campaigners, just to name a few, as well as our wonderful Telephone Crisis Supporters, are the true heroes of Lifeline’s story.
“Volunteering at Lifeline isn’t always easy, as supporting people through a crisis can be emotionally taxing, however it is always rewarding,” said Ms Leeson.
The theme for this year is ‘Make Change Happen – Volunteer’, and Lifeline Canberra is also using the opportunity to call for more people to join the Lifeline volunteer family.
“International Volunteer Day is an opportunity to recognise and thank these incredible people for their work, as well as encourage others to become volunteers.
“We need volunteers more than ever before. I urge everyone to consider volunteering their time at Lifeline Canberra; it truly is one of the most rewarding things you could ever be involved with.” said Ms Leeson.
“Just about anyone can be part of the Lifeline family, and people don’t have to be on the phones to help out. We need people to help raise funds, help out at bookfairs, make coffees, the list goes on.”
For information on how to volunteer, go to www.act.lifeline.org.au/volunteer.
(Lifeline Canberra Media Release)