Australians give a Help@Hand, raising $700,000

by | Mar 20, 2024

Despite the cost-of-living crisis, Australians dug deep for Lifeline’s annual 24-hour Giving Day which kicked off at 10 am on Wednesday 13th of March.

Thanks to the generous “dollar matching” support of this year’s partner –Buildcorp Foundation – a Giving Day record has been reached with over $760,000 raised for Lifeline’s vital phone, text and chat services. With an original goal of $500,000 and a final dream goal of raising $700,000, Aussies not only met those goals but exceeded expectations with their generosity.

Over 500 Buildcorp employees and project partners ‘downed tools’ and participated in barbeques across 18 project sites and offices along the East Coast in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Buildcorp Foundation’s partnership was significant as suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged between 15 and 45, with a construction worker dying by suicide every second day.

Every dollar raised will help Lifeline keep pace in the increasingly digital world, so their support services remain as accessible as possible. Lifeline will be able to embrace innovation and cutting-edge technology and plan for future demand thanks to the donations made.

“It is only through doing this that we will be able to be there for people who are more comfortable reaching out for help through digital technology, so anyone can find connection, feel heard and be offered hope – wherever they are, whatever time it is,” Lifeline stated on their website.

All money raised will go towards Lifeline’s vital 24/7 services to ensure no Australian has to face their darkest moments alone. Lifeline is currently experiencing over 4,000 calls, texts and chat messages per day – the highest level they have seen.