$4.5 Million Boost for Queensland Charities
Published Thursday, 23 April, 2020 at 10:05 AM
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a $4.5 million funding boost for two Queensland charities hit hard by COVID-19.
Legacy, whose fundraising in the lead-up to Anzac Day has been severely impacted, will receive a $1 million grant.
Lifeline will receive $3.5 million to continue its life saving counselling services.
The Premier said the isolation and anxiety caused by COVID-19 was putting enormous pressure on Lifeline.
“Lifeline provides an important service all the time but especially now,” the Premier said.
Lifeline reports it is receiving:
- 24,000 calls per week including regional Queensland
- At least 40% related to COVID-19 while at the same time
- Suffering a 95% reduction in revenues and
- Fewer staff because of isolation requirements
Lifeline Group executive Brent McCracken said the funding was very welcome.
“This money will help Lifeline continue its vital work at a time when it is sorely needed,” he said.
The $4.5 million in emergency funding is part of $1.2 billion previously announced to reinforce Queensland Health’s response to COVID-19.
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