On November 10, 15,000 public phone boxes across Australia will ring in unison. A mysterious ringing phone booth may seem like something out of a movie, but this curious occurrence is actually part of the #willyouanswerthecall campaign by youth organisation Whitelion. The voices of disadvantaged young people will be heard by anyone who picks up the phone, demonstrating the multitude of unheard voices of young people in need.
The campaign highlights our collective responsibility to ‘answer the call’, and make sure struggling youth don’t slip through the cracks in our system. The occasion also marks a fundraising initiative in which all donations received on the day will be doubled by campaign matchers.
Whitelion is a youth-led organisation that focuses on helping high-risk young people (aged 10-24) who have had a rocky start to life. About 761,000 children live below the poverty line at this very moment in Australia and many of them will end up on the streets. They will enter adolescence and young adulthood without the hope and opportunity of their peers. Whitelion Youth stands beside these children and young people to offer them practical help to get stability and safety. Whitelion staff, supporters and mentors provide opportunities and pathways for their future.
Whitelion believes that when we have positive self-regard, we are able to build positive connections with others and our communities. By uplifting young people, Whitelion is helping adolescents stay in school, find pathways to work and reintegrate into the community.
On November 10, you don’t need to answer a phone to answer the call. Take advantage of the double donation initiative, and help young people build a brighter future.
Donate to Whitelion here.