Buildcorp Foundation Gala Event, One Night In New Orleans
On Saturday 11 March, an incredible $150,000 was raised for Lifeline in one night by our amazing supporters from the Buildcorp Foundation.
The Buildcorp Foundation’s mission is to provide a common vehicle to maximise the collective, giving spirit of their team and business partners, to those initiatives and organisations dear to the Buildcorp community.
One of those initiatives is suicide prevention in the construction industry; according to the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, men aged 15 to 24 working in construction are twice as likely as other young males in the community to take their own lives. They're also six times more likely to die from suicide than from a workplace accident.
This has devastating effect on our society, for every death by suicide – over 100 people – family, friends, colleagues, extended community will deeply feel the loss of these young men.
Chair of the Buildcorp Foundation Josephine Sukkar and her husband Tony Sukkar Buildcorp’s Group Managing Director are committed to looking after their staff and work diligently in the broader community to make sure that no one feels isolated in their time of need.
Guests attending heard from the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull via a pre-recorded message; “the mental wellbeing of Australians and mental wealth of Australia is a vital national priority” he continued “Congratulations to Josephine and Tony Sukkar and John Brogden and Lifeline – you are helping people in real need”.
Chairman of Lifeline, John Brogden AO gratefully accepted the cheque from the Buildcorp Foundation and said “On behalf of Lifeline’s board, staff and volunteers across the country, I sincerely thank you for your generous donation. Since 2015 the Buildcorp Foundation’s Lifeline contribution total has now reached $400,000.
The Foundation’s initial $250,000 contribution in 2015 and 2016 has so far enabled Lifeline to answer a staggering 5,200 crisis calls. On average each day Lifeline creates 120 safety plans for callers who are considering suicide.
The Foundation has also helped in the recruitment, training and equipment needed for six additional Telephone Crisis Supporters, helping Lifeline respond to the increasing number of requests for help received each day”.
If you would like to donate to Lifeline’s Crisis Support services and suicide prevention programs -https://www.lifeline.org.au/support-lifeline/donate/make-a-single-donation