The $120,000 donation ensures that WLSQ can continue to run its helpline services for the next few months until government funding can be secured. The funds will also enable WLSQ to conduct community training in Emerald and Rockhampton and refresh its website to make it easier to access. Angela Lynch, CEO of the legal service, said the funds came at a crucial time for the organisation.
“Women’s Legal Service provides free legal and welfare support to Queensland women and their children affected by domestic violence and without ongoing funding 13,000 calls for help per year would go unanswered,” she said.
Gary Mark, CEO of Hand Heart Pocket, said his organisation was proud to support this vital service that had already helped more than 100,000 women and children affected by domestic violence in Queensland.
Hana Nataprawira, a former client of WLSQ, said without the support of this service, it would have been hard to put a stop to the abuse she experienced, “Free services like this are crucial for women of all ages as it helps them to break free from the cycle they may find themselves in and to change their life for the better. I am so fortunate to have had the support of Women’s Legal Service and can’t begin to imagine the gap that will be left if the service is cut long-term.”
This gift of interim funding is one of several large donations Hand Heart Pocket has announced, reflecting the increasing focus that Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, is placing on its charity work.