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The Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) has been the recipient of two substantial donations from several LGBTI community groups and events to ensure that the organisation can remain providing support and education.

The organisation was the inaugural recipient of the Brisbane Pride Festival’s Kal Collins Memorial Fund, which was set up in the memory of the late Wickham Hotel barman in the efforts of being utilised for promoting and supporting positive mental health initiatives.

A cheque for $5000 was presented to QAHC board secretary Dion Tatow by Brisbane Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock at the Sportsman Hotel on April 12.

“We are fortunate to have been made the recipients of this fund set up in the memory of Kal Collins and we’re very thankful that the Brisbane Pride Festival committee believes in our efforts and made this generous gift,” Tatow said.

“Healthy Communities will put this donation to good work continuing our LGBT health and wellbeing work. We’d also like to thank everyone that supported the Brisbane Pride Festival in 2012 as you all helped make this donation to Healthy Communities.”

The Kal Collins memorial fund was set up by the BPF following Collins’ passing in 2011.

“Kal had been a mainstay of our community for over a decade and was one of those individuals who always had the time to help anyone. His loss was devastating to a large portion of the community,” Hancock told the Star Observer.

“It was the desire of the committee… to set up a fund that would enable the community to access funds for initiatives that advance mental wellness within the greater LGBTIQ community,”

QAHC will also receive another donation of $7800 from the organisers of Big Gay Day as one of three charity beneficiaries from Brisbane’s biggest LGBTI event.

Big Gay Day organisers will present QAHC with the cheque at the upcoming the Eurovision night, Shlagerfest, at the Wickham Hotel on Sunday, May 19.

“All of these donations will go towards direct service delivery promoting the health and wellbeing of LGBT Queenslanders,” QAHC executive director Paul Martin told the Star Observer.

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