It takes two to forge a partnership

Lifeline Northern Rivers acting CEO Sue Lloyd with Lifelines first ever patron, Rachael Beck.

When Lifeline Northern Rivers CEO Sue Lloyd realised the organisation needed its own lifeline to keep it afloat financially, she decided a patron might be the answer. The question was, who should it be?

We decided the person definitely had to be local, and someone with caring qualities that were indicative of the work we do at Lifeline, said Sue.

Enter Rachael Beck the Alstonville born and bred star of musical theatre who recently featured on Channel 7s It Takes Two.

Im still overwhelmed, said Sue. Rachael is beautiful inside and out, and she is exactly the kind of person we wanted.

Rachael said she accepted the invite without a moments hesitation.

I immediately said yes, and why wouldnt I? said Rachael. Lifeline is a crucial community service and if we were to lose it would be a tragedy.

Lifeline was established in Sydney in 1963 by Reverend Doctor Sir Alan Walker after he received a telephone call from a distressed local. Three days later the man took his own life.

Determined not to let this happen again, Sir Alan launched the telephone counselling service, receiving 100 calls on the very first day. Now Lifeline Northern Rivers takes more than 500,000 calls a year from people in desperate need of help. It receives no government funding, relying on the generosity of volunteers and sales from Lifeline shops to survive.

My role is to raise awareness that Lifeline is a service that you, or a friend, or a family member might need one day, said Rachael. I also really want to bring the work of Lifeline to the attention of young people.

One of Rachaels first tasks as patron is to participate in Lifelines annual fashion parade in March, 2007, at the Lismore Workers Club. The theme of the night is Off to the Oscars and Rachael has promised to sing on the night, the first of many performances she will graciously donate.

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