Phones give hope to Atherton’s vulnerable

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For a homeless person or a domestic violence survivor, having a mobile phone can be a lifesaver. With a phone they can access vital supports services, find temporary accommodation, a job, seek medical help, and stay in touch with others.

But it can be a luxury they cannot afford, putting their safety and hopes for a better life at risk. On the Atherton Tablelands, Better Together Community Support tries to provide vulnerable people with a mobile phone to help them on the path to a new life. In recent months demand has soared, with the local non-profit putting out a call for help.

Coming to their aid, were Barrine and Millaa Freemasons Lodges who organised a $5,000 Community Grant to help.

Terry Edwards from Barrine Freemasons Lodge said the project would provide an essential safety-net for poor and disadvantaged people on the Atherton Tablelands.

“In today’s day and age not having a mobile phone or the ability to make and receive phone calls can be a huge setback, limiting the help they can access when they most need it,” Mr Edwards said.

“Being at the coal face, Better Together Community Support is working with those doing it tough to help them get back on their feet, so we know that our contribution will boost their good work, giving their clients hope for the future.

“We are proud to support the safety and security of the most vulnerable in our community, especially during these difficult times.”

The $5,000 grant was provided by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland as part of their latest Community Grant round.

Chief Executive Officer Sara Parrott said even though COVID restrictions have prevented Freemasons from fundraising, this grant still enabled them to identify and fulfil needs in their community.

“Enhancing the resilience of vulnerable people on the Atherton Tablelands and helping them stay connected is very important right now, so we are pleased to provide this funding on behalf of the local Freemasons,” Ms Parrott said.

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