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Please help to figure out the meaning of the sentence. What is the function of the adverb away here?

Making a difference in the lives of thousands of Albertans is only a donation away!

This was taken from Alzheimer.ca website.

Relevant section is given below:

Ways to donate
Making a difference in the lives of thousands of Albertans is only a donation away! A donation to the Alzheimer Society helps people dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

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    I suppose it's a snowclone based on 'only a stone's throw away'. 'Only a step away' 'Only a roadtrip away' 'Only a Pavement away'. 'Only a heartbeat away from death'. Here, it's saying that you can become part of the Alb... (other charities are available) by making a donation. It's easy to make a donation, and you will then be able to consider yourself included. May 8, 2020 at 15:24
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    If you do not make a donation you are not helping. If you make a donation you are helping. So that's how far away from helping you are. One donation. May 8, 2020 at 15:40
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    @EdwinAshworth: But the mother and child reunion Is only a motion away, long before the term "snowclone" was coined. But now everything's just a mouseclick away with online shopping even if you're in lockdown. I think it's just standard "metaphoric extension" from the more literal easily-covered short distance to reach to easily-performed trivial action to achieve / obtain. May 8, 2020 at 16:48
  • @FF Gas (N₂, O₂ etc) was gas before the term was coined. It just wasn't called gas. May 8, 2020 at 17:56

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The idiom "X is only a Y away" means that you're very close to being able to achieve result X, you only have to take the small step Y to reach it.

So they're saying that all you have to do is make a donation to make a difference in the lives of many Albertans.

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