Lifeline’s call for helpers

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Lifeline Broken Hill-Country to Coast business manager, Helen Dietman, left, and Esmond Road shop supervisor Karin Mummery are encouraging people to help Lifeline.Every year leading up and post the Christmas break, Lifeline Broken Hill-Country to Coast is inundated with donations from locals in support of the organisation’s fight to reduce the ongoing rise of suicide.

January provedto be just as busy as volunteers triedto manage the massive amount of donations coming in.

Due to the high volume of donations the organisation’s volunteers, in particular volunteers working on the Lifeline Delivery Truck are desperately trying to keep up with the surge.

While organisations like Lifeline Broken Hill-Country to Coast clearly couldn’t function without donations, the current increase has put a slight strain on staff and volunteers.

Every piece donated is sorted, priced and then put out to sell which is a normal process at the eight retail shops in Broken Hill, Wallaroo, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Clare and Gawler.

However at a time when a large number of volunteers are on leave and donations triple, the workload can become overwhelming.

“We ask the communities to be patient and understanding of our circumstance when shopping and donating,” saidLifeline Broken Hill-Country to Coast business manager, Helen Dietman, who is based in Port Pirie.

“Volunteers make a significant contribution to our organisation and are doing their best.

She is also encouraging and making a call out for more volunteers. Mrs Dietman said Mutual Obligation was accepted.

“We have been really fortunate to receive the great volume of donations over the Christmas break, thank you to everyone who has made a donation.

“But now we literally can’t keep up. We urge anyone who has a few hours, a day or a couple of days throughout the week that they may have spared to volunteer. We really need your help.”

Volunteering is not only personally fulfilling but it’s also a great way to make new friends and help strengthen local communities.

Every minute you give helps Lifeline save lives. Suicide is the most common cause of death for people under the age of 44 years; suicide kills more Australians than our roads.

Lifeline delivers crisis support and suicide prevention services Australia wide and although the organisation receives some government funding, Lifeline Broken Hill-Country to Coast relies heavily on its retail sector to cover operating costs and continue to deliver free services. Volunteer now and help save Australian lives.

People wishing to volunteer or for those wanting further information are encouraged to contact Helen Dietman on 8633 1790.

Volunteers are desperately needed in Wallaroo, Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Clare as well as other locations.

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