QAL donates over 60 mobile phones to DFV Safe Phone

Published 30 May 2024

In a month-long campaign, Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) demonstrated its ongoing support towards Domestic & Family Violence (DFV) Prevention Month by raising funds and donations for community groups supporting people affected by DFV.

Heading up the cause is QAL General Manager, Trent Scherer, who said DFV requires a community-wide response.

“Everyone in our community can play a role in ending domestic and family violence, businesses included,” said Mr Scherer.

In recent years, QAL branded its front entrance ‘Q’ in purple to spark conversations among staff, contractors and visitors. This tradition was continued for 2024, along with a donation drive for bath and body products that will be donated to Roseberry QLD for use by people in crisis accommodation.

“This year, QAL shared the Zonta Club of Gladstone’s information about DFV support services in all of our bathrooms, in addition to our onsite Counsellor and Peer Supporter programs,” said Mr Scherer.

“Our people also held a sitewide fundraising campaign, selling purple-branded socks, boot laces and badge pins to raise money for Gladstone’s Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence (CCRDFV).

“I’m delighted to announce our team members raised $2452 through stall activations, and we will be dollar matching this amount and rounding up to $5000, all to be donated to CCRDFV to assist their ongoing work,” he said.

QAL’s dedication to combatting DFV extended to joining a collective initiative to donate over 60 unused mobile phones towards the DV Safe Phone program, sponsored by Queensland Minister for Regional Development, Manufacturing and Minister for Water and Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher.

“These devices will be recycled and distributed to domestic violence victims who lack access to mobile phones, ensuring they have a lifeline to safety and support when needed,” said Mr Butcher.

On Thursday 30 May, Mr Scherer met with Mr Butcher face-to-face and handed over the donated phones, thanking him personally for raising awareness for this worthy cause.



Pictured (L-R): Glenn Butcher MP and QAL General Manager, Trent Scherer.

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