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Lifeline supports Victorian Bushfire Relief Appeal

Lifeline Community Care Queensland is supporting the Victorian Bushfire Relief Appeal by donating profits from a day’s trading from all its 155 Lifeline Shops across Queensland.

On Friday February 27 all Queenslanders who purchase goods from their local Lifeline Shop will be doing it in the knowledge that all the day’s profits will go directly to the Bushfire Appeal.

Lifeline Community Care Queensland’s Elissa Jenkins said the organisation prided itself in being flexible and agile in its ability to provide a quick response to challenging situations.

“We’ve seen first hand how, facing the future together, we can make a real difference to communities now and tomorrow,” she said.

“We have deployed Community Recovery Officers to Ingham to provide counselling support to that flooded township and have just had staff return from the floods in Fiji where they delivered psychological first aid training.

“Like many organisations in Queensland – corporate or community – we feel we are in a position of responsibility to support our southern communities.

“I am aware that many staff and volunteers within our organisation and the wider UnitingCare Queensland group of community service organisations have given significant donations.

“The Uniting Church is also conducting a major fundraising campaign,” said Ms Jenkins.

Lifeline Community Care Queensland is ready to respond to major events and disasters in communities by providing counselling and support to those who are affected.

Lifeline Community Care delivers this service through its Community Recovery Program, a program that’s specifically designed to support individuals and communities.

These services are provided by professional staff from a range of fields including social work and psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, as well as highly trained volunteers.

Throughout the year, funds from the Lifeline Shops across Queensland usually support the organisation’s 24 Hour Crisis Counselling Line, face-to-face counselling services and support programs for children and families.