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Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola have launched a new coronavirus lifeline.

The Minderoo Foundation has announced a $5 million dollar donation to help many affected by COVID-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected many across the nation, but vulnerable Australians are doing it tougher than most.

Today, the Minderoo Foundation announced it will donate five million dollars to chosen charities all around the state to assist the aged, disabled and homeless.

“At times like these, they can be the first people to fall through the cracks,” Nicola Forrest told 7News.

“When you think about people that are homeless or suffering from domestic violence if they aren’t able to get out – we have to protect them.”

St. Patricks in Fremantle has been handed the first grant.

$200,000 for ‘doorstep dinners’, which will see 200 meals a day delivered by volunteers for 45 days.

But St Patrick’s CEO Michael Piu said there’s still more to be done.

“We think there is about 800 to a thousand people, just in the metro area affected by homelessness.”

The project will not only support Fremantle’s most vulnerable, but also will help other local businesses feeling the pinch from the coronavirus.

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