40 years of laughter, fashion and volunteering

October 6, 2022

If you’ve ever popped into Lifeline Nambour on a Wednesday, you’re likely to have come across Noela De Jonge. She has been there volunteering since the Lifeline shop was established, 40 years ago.

‘It has gone by so quick, I can’t believe it’s been 40 years. It makes me feel really old, but Lifeline is just part of my life now,’ she said.

Noela has taken on a range of roles in her 40 years. She started out as a milliner in the early days, and now looks after mannequin window dressing.

‘I mostly stick to colour schemes for the outfits and they come out pretty good. We do a rock n’ roll fashion window every year and we get all flared skirts and petticoats out for display.’

The Lifeline Sunshine Coast team, past and present volunteers, and many familiar faces came together in August to celebrate 40 years being part of the local community. The milestone was marked at the Maroochydore RSL with a morning tea and a fashion parade showcasing local Lifeline apparel.

Reflecting on her four decades of volunteering, Noela credits her amazing team members and her passion for the cause as the reasons why she looks forward to her weekly shift.

‘Working alongside the fabulous ladies is a big highlight,’ she says.

‘I get a lot of satisfaction from helping out and doing my bit to give back. I probably get more out of it than what I put in.’

Lifeline Shops raise vital funds to support our 24-hour 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line. By volunteering at a Lifeline shop, you could changes lives. Pop into your local Lifeline shop if you're interested in volunteering or sign up online.

'Do it, it's great. It’s a worthwhile cause and it’s a lot of fun!' says Noela.

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