Thursday, May 23, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Donate Your Phone It Could Save A Life

As part of Domestic Violence Prevention Month, Whitsunday Regional Libraries are bringing awareness to their ongoing partnership with DV Safe Phone.

This collaboration aims to raise awareness and encourage the community to contribute their old working phones to DV Safe which collects, repairs, and offers them for free to front-line services as a safe phone for victims in domestic violence situations.

Phone drop-off points are currently located at all Whitsunday Regional Libraries in Cannonvale, Proserpine, Bowen and Collinsville.

Mayor Ry Collins said that it’s not uncommon for people to have old mobile phones tucked away at home and, by donating them to one of the collection boxes at our regional libraries, residents can potentially help people in very traumatic circumstances.

“Part of Council’s role is to promote healthy and safe environments for our community to live in, and we are well placed to promote this initiative through our public spaces such as our regional libraries,” he said.

“We’ve had collection points in our libraries for approximately 12 months now and we want the community to know that we can all make a meaningful difference to people in need through the simple act of a donation.”

Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DV Safe Phone, Ashton Wood, expressed sincere appreciation for the partnership, emphasising the pivotal role of community engagement in addressing domestic violence.

"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Whitsunday Regional Libraries for their invaluable support," remarked Ashton.

Councillor Jan Cliiford, Mayor Ry Collins, Councillor Clay Bauman and, Nikki Firmin from DV Safe Phone, donating their old phones at the collection points.

Photo credit: Daniel Heggie

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