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Lifeline | Celebrating 60 years

Celebrating 60 years

Read our special edition newsletter celebrating 60 years of Lifeline.

Just over 60 years ago, Wesley Mission’s then Superintendent, Rev. Sir Alan Walker invited a small group of friends to his home. Troubled by increasing phone calls from people in distress, including a man who had later taken his own life, Alan Walker invited the group to find a way with him they could ensure all calls for help would be answered.

After some time and much prayer, the answer came to them. They would create a centralised 24/7 telephone crisis support service, and they would call it Lifeline.

This commemorative anniversary edition newsletter celebrates 60 years since the first Lifeline call was taken. Read on to hear from some of the people who, like you, help make up our wonderful community – our telephone Volunteer Crisis Supporters, our donors and supporters as well as people who have called Lifeline themselves in times of crisis.

Don’t let an unanswered call be the last one someone ever makes

60 years and counting! Help us continue the work of Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland

You can donate
With the number of calls to Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland growing, we urgently need your help to ensure none go unanswered


Can help answer a life-saving crisis call

Cover the costs associated with one call for help.


Can help strengthen communities to fight suicide

Provide vital resources to Wesley Lifeforce Networks working to prevent suicide.


Can help improve capacity for care and understanding

Fund suicide prevention training for ten people in Wesley Lifeforce Networks.


Can help make sure there’s always help on the line

Keep our call centres open for people in crisis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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