Nollamara: Father Gatt ready to take helpline calls again this Christmas

Father Michael Gatt has expanded his Christmas Helpline to offer support to people all year round. Picture: Andrew Ritchie    
Father Michael Gatt has expanded his Christmas Helpline to offer support to people all year round. Picture: Andrew Ritchie    

NOLLAMARA priest Father Michael Gatt took Mother Theresa’s words to heart when she said “loneliness is the poverty of the western world” and will provide a free hotline for those in need.

The former St Kieran’s Tuart Hill priest will be beside the phone answering calls to the ‘Gattline’, a free 24 hour hotline.

Father Gatt said over years of running the helpline, he had dealt with a wide range of issues in the community.

“My team of helpers and I have dealt with many difficult issues over the years, ranging from loneliness, to domestic violence,” he said.

“With 110 calls during the Christmas period last year, I am again preparing for a busy time.”

Father Gatt said calls could often be challenging but as a former air force man, he felt capable of handling difficult situations.

The helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 9440 5379.

If you or someone you know needs urgent support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.