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A cry for help can be in any language – Lifeline Australia

12-Jul-2016


(from l-r) Stephen Fitzpatrick, General Manager of TWT; Jing Pan, Office Manager of TWT; and Pete Shmigel, CEO of Lifeline Australia

As part of a new partnership, Lifeline Australia and TWT Property Group are addressing the crisis support needs of Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking Chinese people across the country.

TWT Property Group has donated $50,000 to assist with the development of Lifeline’s Crisis Text, helping the national charity explore how the proposed service can better meet the needs of non-English speakers.

Lifeline Australia CEO Pete Shmigel said TWT Property Group is showing both leadership and social responsibility in the broader Australian community, including for its Chinese members.

“The growing national suicide emergency in Australia does not discriminate and has had devastating impacts on friends and families of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities,” Mr Shmigel said.

“We understand the pressures on many Chinese people in Australia – particularly students – who can feel lonely and under pressure to achieve academic excellence.

“For non-English speakers, 24/7 caring and non-judgement support can only currently be accessed through the free Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS). Every life counts, and the support of TWT Property Group will help us explore opportunities to provide better services to Chinese people in particular.”

Mr Shmigel said that, with connection and a sense of belonging being key barriers to suicide, providing more culturally-appropriate 24/7 crisis support services is a priority for the national charity.

“It’s about not just about making crisis support more accessible for non-English speakers, but also more sensitive to the different cultures, attitudes and outlooks that make up our rich and diverse community,” Mr Shmigel said.

A total of 2864 people took their own lives in 2014 – a ten-year-plus high – with suicide the highest cause of death among Australians aged 15 to 44. It resulted in about 100,000 years of life lost in 2014.

TWT Property Group General Manager, Stephen Fitzpatrick, said that philanthropy is intrinsic to the organisation’s corporate culture, highlighting the establishment of its Bridging Hope Charity Foundation to support programs for the betterment of local communities.

“In the past three years, the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation has donated $AU1.2m to help fund organisations and individuals across China,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

“Making a positive contribution to social change and helping communities grow and prosper is an ethos we build, not just in our developments but also in our charitable work. We want to improve people’s lives, so we are proud to partner with Lifeline to build more resilient and suicide-safe communities.”

TWT Property Group’s $50,000 donation to Lifeline follows a $20,000 donation to Barnardos earlier this year.

For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.

Bridging Hope is an ACNC registered charity that commits and contributes to good social change and humanitarian causes. The Foundation’s charter is to help local communities grow, and in Australia it has provided financial support to Barnardos as well as to Lifeline Australia.

TWT Property Group is an Australian-based company formed in 2002 with major development sites at St Leonards, Ultimo and Pyrmont in Sydney; Albert Park in Melbourne; and in Brisbane. TWT specialises in establishing quality residential communities that reflect its commitment to art and architecture - ‘Living works of Art’. It has established the TWT Creative Precinct at St Leonards to encourage and support the arts. This includes converting several commercial buildings in Chandos and Atchison Streets into creative spaces for the independent arts sector (twtstleonards.com.au).

 

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TWT Property Group, Suite 2, 9 Atchison Street, St Leonards. NSW 2065

Contact:              
Stephen Fitzpatrick, General Manager, on 9906 1888, 0414 947 907

Prepared by:     
Barry Hyland of PR Plus, Level 1, 272 Pacific Hwy, Crows Nest 2065 on
Ph: (02) 9439 9191, Mobile: 0412 354 992, Fax: (02) 9439 9190


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