LIFELINE will be able to provide more support to people in crisis, thanks to a grant from Western District Employment Access (WDEA)for an $8000 electric forklift.
The machine will make it easier and safer to move heavy bales in Lifeline’s Warrnambool warehouse, which handles 350 tonnes of donated goods each year, which are sold to fund suicide prevention and counselling services.
Lifeline’s business development manager Cliff Heath said the forklift was an important acquisition.
“Not very many people know that we self-fund to the tune of 75 per cent. That’s why we rely on the generosity and the relationships with organisations like WDEA,” Mr Heath said.
“We can’t do this selling $2 shirts in our op shops. We need assistance and that’s why we really appreciate it.”
Mr Heath said the warehouse was responsible for diverting 250 tonnes a year from landfill.
WDEA charitable trust grant community director Kim Williams said it was fantastic to be able to contribute to the warehouse.
“I’ve had a lot of do with this organisation and it always does give people that supported place to take those little steps towards employment,” she said.