Arc Infrastructure is proud to announce Lifeline WA as the recipient of its 2020 Christmas donation.
Lifeline WA is a leading suicide prevention charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support.
Each year Arc donates to a charity providing critical services to regional WA, in lieu of gifts to customers and suppliers.
This year, the $30,000 contribution will go towards training Lifeline WA volunteers so they can expand their invaluable work in our communities, with a focus on supporting regional Australians.
With Lifeline WA having experienced a significant strain on resources due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the contribution will provide the means to train and bring more volunteers onboard.
Arc Infrastructure’s support comes at a time when people have been turning to Lifeline in record numbers. Lifeline WA Chief Executive Officer Lorna MacGregor said someone will call Lifeline WA lonely or in crisis every 30 seconds this Christmas.
“The festive season is the busiest time of the year for Lifeline WA, it is the time of the year where levels of anxiety, depression and suicide increase,” Ms MacGregor said.
Ms MacGregor said “It is no secret that Lifeline WA has received record numbers of calls this year due to extraordinary events such as COVID-19 and the bushfires. Our current volunteers have dedicated more hours than ever before and we are incredibly grateful for their dedication to their vital role in the community. Lifeline WA is committed to answering every call from a Western Australian in crisis, and Arc Infrastructure’s generous donation will help us train more volunteers to help support our community with whatever the future may bring.”
Arc Infrastructure CEO Murray Cook acknowledged Lifeline WA’s impact in our State.
“Lifeline WA save lives by supporting people through a range of challenges and raising awareness of suicide prevention in Western Australia,” Mr Cook said.
“We’re pleased to help fund the training of several Lifeline WA telephone crisis support volunteers to support the mental health of regional WA, and start conversations about the other support services Lifeline WA offers.”
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