77 years of helpfulness

HELPING HANDS: Lorraine has been helping others since she was 13 years old.
HELPING HANDS: Lorraine has been helping others since she was 13 years old. Contributed

SELFLESSNESS and smiles are the two mantras long- time volunteer Lorraine Boettcher has always lived by.

For 77 years, the kind-hearted woman has lent a helping hand to numerous organisations, including the Red Cross, the Toowoomba Hospital and now, at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, where she's spent the last six years.

There, she's one of 80 volunteers who help the hospital run more smoothly by distributing patient satisfaction surveys, delivering lunches and simply listening when patients need to talk.

"I love doing that, because everyone I know in there is positive and happy,” she said.

"When you talk to someone and they're happy, it makes you happy.

"I believe when you're helping someone, you're also helping yourself.”

The hospital's general manager Wallis Westbrook said he appreciated the commitment volunteers make to helping others and said the hospital was lucky to have so many dedicated individuals.

"Volunteering is all about compassion, which is one of our key values,” he said.

Having gained so much from her hard work over the years, Ms Boettcher said she would like others to take the opportunity to make people smile.

"I hope more people get joy and peace from helping others like I have,” she said.

For more information about volunteering opportunities, visit or phone 54303303.

Topics:  hospital international volunteers day sunshine coast private hospital volunteer volunteering

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