A substantial donation to the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) has allowed the LGBTI health organisation to purchase two vehicles for its operations in Cairns and Brisbane.

QAHC was forced to relinquish its leased vehicles when they were defunded by the state government in July, leaving staff and volunteers virtually stranded.

“When we were defunded we were faced with the situation of having to hand back our leased vehicles and no transport for our remaining Cairns and Brisbane staff and volunteers,” QAHC fundraising and marketing co-ordinator Jason Russo told the Star Observer.

After Russo reached out to the David Kopp Foundation, the organisation came to their rescue with a $27,000 donation, which was used to purchase the vehicles.

“We’re very grateful to the trustees of the David Kopp Foundation for granting this amazing gift to Healthy Communities which is helping us continue our important work.” Russo said.

The David Kopp Foundation was founded to raise funds to assist people living with HIV/AIDS and help raise awareness and education.

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