Help Enterprises

Enhancing the lifestyle & independence of people with disability

STORY BRIDGE TURNS RED TO MARK 50 YEARS

28 February 2019

STORY BRIDGE TURNS RED TO MARK 50 YEARS OF HELP FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY

Brisbane’s Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge will turn red tonight (28 Feb) to mark a charity milestone.

Brisbane-based Help Enterprises (HELP) is celebrating half a century of both employing and helping find work for people with disability. In 50 years, HELP has assisted thousands of Queenslanders both young and old into employment.

HELP is also the charity behind Brisbane’s McIntyre Centre which uses horses and equine-assisted therapy to help children with disability improve their quality of life.

The not-for-profit has over 70 facilities in Queensland and directly employs some 400 people with disability in jobs from Manufacturing, to Supply Chain and Logistics, Catering and Horticulture, and also provides care services to a further 350 people.

HELP has 44 employment offices across South East Queensland dedicated to finding jobs for people with disability and other disadvantaged job seekers.

Help Enterprises Managing Director, Kerry Browne said “Every Australian should have the opportunity to experience the passion, self-worth and confidence that comes from having a job”.

50-year-old Murray Campbell who lives with disability, recently turned to HELP after years of unanswered resumes, job applications and phone calls. HELP secured Murray a position at a Toowoomba-based organic chicken farm. 

"When you see an individual physically in tears, hugging their employer and my team because we have found them work, it makes you realise why we get out of bed every day and do what we do,” Mr Browne said.

"Murray is a classic example of someone's life being changed because they can now contribute to their community and the economy whilst enhancing their own lifestyle and independence.”

Mr Browne said when the Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge turn red he wants people to stop and think about the valuable contribution people with disability make every day.

“We encourage employers to focus more on what a person with disability can do, not what they can’t do” he said. 

Late last year HELP opened a $3.3 million Centre of Excellence in Logan City to create more jobs and training in Logan and Brisbane’s Southside, and recently committed more than $2.4 million to improve the McIntyre Centre Riding School at Pinjarra Hills for children with disability.

Brisbane’s Story and Victoria Bridges will be lit in the organisation’s signature red, from dusk tonight.

A video containing images of HELP over time can be viewed here.
 

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