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Lifeline Gold Coast celebrates 40 years of service to the Gold Coast community.

LIFELINE GOLD Coast will host an awards ceremony tonight to celebrate 40 years of services on the Gold Coast.

As a largely volunteer based organisation, Lifeline will also thank and acknowledge current volunteers of Lifeline Gold Coast who have contributed selflessly to the organisation.

“Lifeline Gold Coast has come a long way from our humble beginnings 40 years ago in a two story rented building in Surfers Paradise, with just two telephone counsellors and a handful of volunteer counsellors,” said Lifeline Gold Coast General Manager Peter Loughnane.

“Today we have over 800 volunteers –and 126 paid employees- working across both the clinical
and retail divisions on the Gold Coast, including 10 shops".

Newly appointed Executive Director for Lifeline Community Care Queensland, Bob Gilkes, will be attending the event on September 22.

“Lifeline Gold Coast is an organisation well-known for servicing and supporting the community in times of need, whether that be through telephone counselling, the retail shops, financial counselling or community recovery disaster management,” said Mr Gilkes.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this event that not only honours and reflects on Lifeline’s past and recognises the contribution of our many volunteers, but also looks forward to the future of this vital charity.”

Other notable attendees to tonight’s celebration include former Gold Coast Mayor The Hon Lex Bell, who was one of the original Lifeline Gold Coast Board Members.

Since its establishment in 1970, Lifeline Gold Coast has been successful in offering client focused community based services.

The event includes an awards ceremony which will honour volunteers who have dedicated more than five years of service to the charity.

The 40th anniversary event will be held tonight from 6pm – 8pm in the Balcony Room, Parklands Gold Coast Function Centre, Parklands Drive, Southport.