QI of Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia
Quota International of Coolum Beach Inc. has the honour of nominating Lorraine Cush for our Quota Volunteer of the Year for 2013.
Lorraine has been in business in Coolum Beach since the 1970’s and continues to manage her real estate business as well as being very heavily involved in many facets of volunteer work within the Coolum Beach community.
Lorraine was a founding member of Quota International of Coolum Beach and was its Charter President. Since the formation of the Club she has held all executive positions including President on a number of occasions. During her time in the Club she has assisted in raising funds to assist disadvantaged women and children and the hearing impaired which are the major recipients of the work the Club does. Lorraine gives of her time and experience whenever she can, as well as working full-time running her own business and being an active mother and grandmother. Her knowledge of the Coolum Beach region and its communities has provided extra insights into the needs of our community that many of us more recent arrivals value greatly. Lorraine is currently the Lieutenant Governor for the 34th District of Quota International, as well as being Ways and Means Director for the Club.
Lorraine was heavily involved from the late 1970’s to mid-1990’s with fundraising for the Coolum Beach Surf Club, from flipping hamburgers to manager for nippers (junior surf lifesavers). In 2005 her business commenced Gold Sponsorship and became a gold and silver sponsor for five consecutive years.
Lorraine has beenheavily involved with the Church since the late 1970’s from involvement in the siting and construction of the church building, welcoming new Catholic families to the area, being on cleaning roster, helping with religious education at the local Primary School and being instrumental in starting a bus route to Stella Maris school in Maroochydore (20kms away) in 1980 when her eldest son started school there – two mothers were required to be on the bus always. She has always been on the hunt for land to try to start a Catholic School in Coolum Beach. Lorraine is currently on the finance committee at St Peter’s Catholic Church and is a reader and a communion minister.
While undergoing all this service work, Lorraine was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and completed a full round of chemotherapy. After her successful treatment, her real estate company’s parent organisation became a partner in the National Breast Cancer Foundation and to date has raised $1.7 million through donations from the public, a portion of each sale and the fantastic staff who work for her. Lorraine has personally purchased items at Conferences such as autographed thongs, painted and signed by Delta Goodrem, with funds going to NBCF. In 2002 she began fundraising within her own office, starting with a barbecue which raised approximately $800. For the last five years her daughters Aamie and Kate have hosted annual Breast Cancer breakfasts raising $2000+ per year. This could not happen without the presence that Lorraine has in the Coolum Beach community.
We believe that all this makes her a very worthy candidate for the title of Quota international of Coolum Beach Quotarian of the Year.
President Jan Crossland and board members,
Quota International of Coolum Beach.