Refuge given phones

Joondalup Weekender - - Lifestyle -

A WOMEN’S refuge in Joon­dalup has re­ceived 30 mo­bile phones as a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider pro­motes a char­ity cat­e­gory in its an­nual busi­ness awards.

A char­ity cat­e­gory has been added to the 2016 Tel­stra Busi­ness Awards, and nom­i­na­tions for all awards are open un­til March 23.

Busi­ness group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Will Irv­ing said the awards that cel­e­brate achieve­ments of small and medium busi­nesses were in their 24th year.

“This year, we wel­come the new char­ity award cat­e­gory into the fold as we con­tinue to up­date the awards pro­gram to re­flect cur­rent busi­ness trends,” he said.

“We felt it was time for the pro­gram to recog­nise the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion they make to our com­mu­nity.”

The telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider is en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­ni­ties to nom­i­nate lo­cal busi­nesses and char­i­ties such as the Pat Giles Cen­tre in Joon­dalup.

The women’s refuge chief ex­ec­u­tive Kedy Kristal wel­comed the ini­tia­tive and a do­na­tion of 30 mo­bile phones from the Joon­dalup store man-­mu­ni­ d449532 ager Rina Bhabra last week.

“This new Tel­stra award is rais­ing aware­ness of the amaz­ing work that char­i­ties are do­ing, usu­ally be­hind the scenes,” she said.

“It will give th­ese groups an op­por­tu­nity to shine and get more peo­ple in­volved in mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to this im­por­tant group of busi­nesses.”

The Pat Giles Cen­tre has been op­er­at­ing since 1989 and as­sists women and chil­dren who are vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit­stra­busi­nes­sawards. com.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Tel­stra Joon­dalup store man­ager Rina Bhabra with Kedy Kristal, chief ex­ec­u­tive CEO of the Pat Giles Cen­tre.

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