LIFELINE will forever be in Clive Custance’s blood.
The Bendigo resident and former Lifeline Central Victoria CEO was recently made a life member of Lifeline.
Mr Custance spent 12 years in Lifeline Central Victoria’s top job before retiring and handing over the reins to Leo Schultz in July last year.
Mr Custance said he had been enjoying his retirement and it was an honour to be bestowed a life membership.
“I just love Lifeline,” he said.
“It’s a real service to the community.
“The volunteers do a terrific job and they’re a group of people I’m proud to be associated with.”
When Mr Custance hung up his hat last year, he said he had enjoyed every minute of his time at Lifeline, and congratulated the community for its continued support of the service.
“What really attracted me in the first place really is that it’s truly a community-based organisation,” he said.
“We get volunteers from the community, we get financial support from the community, and at its heart I see Lifeline as neighbours helping neighbours.”
He said the volunteers who came forward were just people who had real passion and concern for other people in the community.
“We provide them with some really good training that equips them to deal with whatever is presented on the phone,” he said.