Lifeline to help Queensland communities hit by floods

CHARITY group Lifeline says it was pleased to be selected as a beneficiary of the Australia Unites: Red Cross Flood Appeal that took place on Saturday night.

Lifeline Australia CEO Colin Seery welcomed the telethon and said that it was important that people affected by the floods took steps to acknowledge and address the mental challenges as well as the practical ones.

“The floods in Queensland and Northern NSW have devastated so many communities and we know people are really doing it tough right now,” Mr Seery said.

“After a natural disaster of this scale, it can take weeks and even months for people to be able to prioritise their mental and emotional needs, but we want people to know that we have boots on the ground reaching out to the most vulnerable as well as services available 24/7 via phone, text or webchat.”

Lifeline Queensland General Manager Luke Lindsay said his team had been out in the hardest hit areas delivering crisis support to communities as they begin the long road to recovery.

“It’s been incredible to see the resilience of people, in spite of the incredibly difficult circumstances they find themselves in,” Mr Lindsay said.

“The money raised during the Australia Unites appeal will ensure we can deliver Crisis Support services and our community recovery programs to people where they need it, when they need it.”