Vital funding to support Brisbane’s military family
A Brisbane organisation providing critical support to returned servicemen and women and their families, has received backing from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust (LMCT), with Wounded Heroes receiving a major funding grant to continue its service in the community.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Wounded Heroes had received $20,000 to provide financial and emotional support to returned soldiers and families from the 7th Brigade at Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera.
“Brisbane has always held strong ties with the military community, which stems right back to the First and Second World Wars,” Cr Quirk said.
“This year holds special significance for Brisbane residents, commemorating the beginning of the Centenary of ANZAC celebrations, and it’s important we acknowledge the sacrifices of the thousands of men and women who have served in the defence force.”
Wounded Heroes CEO Martin Shaw said while it’s critical those serving in the military receive support, it was just as important to ensure their families have access to the same level of financial and emotional support.
“Wounded Heroes provides short-term emergency relief payments to individuals and their families which could include paying an electricity bill, repairs on a car or food supplies,” Mr Shaw said.
“We rely on donations from the public and are operated by volunteers, so the funds we have received from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust help us tremendously.”
The LMCT was established in the 1960s with fundraising efforts supporting charities that assist people suffering from disability, homelessness, mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, trauma, abuse or neglect. Every dollar donated is re-given to Brisbane charities.
Lady Mayoress and Chair of the LMCT, Mrs Anne Quirk said the Trust provides grants to a range of charities providing vital services to the most marginalised and vulnerable members of the Brisbane community.
“Charities like Wounded Heroes make a real difference in the lives of Brisbane residents,” Mrs Quirk said.
“It’s important the LMCT continues to support the city’s charities and organisations going the extra mile to support the health, safety, and wellbeing of residents.
The Trust undertakes two general grant rounds per year worth $10,000 each, as well as an Easter Appeal involving Easter egg donations and a Christmas Appeal involving donations of toys, food vouchers, and small cash grants up to $2,000.
[ENDS] 7 August 2015
Lady Mayoress & LMCT Chairperson, Mrs Anne Quirk with Jim Shapcott, Founder and President of Wounded Heroes