Volunteering helps a happy marriage!

Join volunteer Larraine Goodwin at Rainbow Beach Vinnies

Join volunteer Larraine Goodwin at Rainbow Beach Vinnies

We all know that volunteering has many benefits, but Larraine Goodwin from Cooloola Cove credits it with a special power.

“It saves my marriage,” laughs Larraine. “I’d be sitting at home, washing, ironing, cooking, cleaning, housework and snapping at you know who! If I can get out for a while….”

Larraine says goodbye to her husband Alan, and gives eight hours every week at the Rainbow Beach Vinnies store.

“It’s four hours, twice a week.” Larraine explains: “I’ve got to have a hip replacement – so can’t stay on my feet too long. I’m 76 in a couple of months.

“It keeps my brain active. I like doing things to help people – it’s not hard work and you meet really nice people. We all enjoy ourselves here.”

The great grandmother of four brings in baking to the “boys” in the store and also volunteers for Neighbourhood Watch and YAP (Youth Activity Program).

Lorraine invites other locals to help out: “We need a hand – it’s worthwhile.”

Alex Henderson, Centre Manager from St Vincent de Paul Society Gympie, agrees, “We have volunteering opportunities available across seven days of the week and would love to welcome new members to our team.

“Our volunteers come from all walks of life and we welcome everyone – positions include customer service, register operations, sorting and pricing stock, merchandising our beautiful store, along with store opening and closing.”

To join their wonderful team, call Alex on 07 5482 2737 or email: lisa.baker@svdpqld.org.au for more information.

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