Our partners are other charities based in Queensland and Papua New Guinea that have the potential to achieve great things but may not have access to the funding to achieve them. Before partnering with any organisation, we research their vision and projects, as well as their governance, to ensure any funds we donate will be wisely used to achieve maximum results. We currently work with these visionary organisations:
Since 1968 Help Enterprises has been supporting people with disability to lead more independent lives. In 2018 HELP received a $1M Flagship Grant from Hand Heart Pocket to cover the funding gap, with the purchase and fit out of the new $3.3 million-dollar HELP Centre of Excellence Community Disability Hub in Crestmead. This will empower hundreds of students with disability in the Brisbane Bayside, Southside and Logan City each year to transition into meaningful employment when they finish high school. A 2,500 sqm Supply Chain Services facility will also provide valuable work experience and permanent supported employment for up to 100 people with disability.
This is the largest gift the organisation has received in its 50-year history.
Bloomhill Cancer Care on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast exists to help those with cancer to live well. Set within the lush Buderim rainforest, their Wellness Centre is a place of solace and understanding – where clients from as far as Kilcoy, Gympie and Burpengary can access to a range of therapies, counselling and nursing support to improve their quality of life. Transport to and from medical appointments is also provided.
To help meet the growing demand for its service, in 2019, Bloomhill Cancer Care received a $570,000 Flagship Grant, plus a $130,000 interest-free loan from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to go towards providing additional wellness facilities as part of a major expansion of the Buderim site.
By 2030 Bloomhill is expected the support 4,000 clients, that’s double the number of people they support today.
Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Hervey Bay is a volunteer-based organisation which responds to emergencies on the waters off the Fraser Coast. It is the busiest regional VMR site in the state and in 2019 they secured a $400,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to continue their life-saving work into the future. The grant will fund the gap to construct a new $1.3M 11.94m purpose built marine rescue vessel called Rescue I.
With the local Freemasons having been vocal supporters of this initiative, Hand Heart Pocket was able to fulfil this need within their community.
Each year Guide Dogs Queensland empowers over 1,500 people with low or no vision to lead more independent lives. In 2018, the not-for-profit organisation received a $230,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to help with the construction of an on-site veterinary clinic at their breeding and training centre north of Brisbane. This came following many years of support from Masonic Lodges at a grassroots level.
With guide-dog breeding numbers expected to increase by 70% over the next few years, having an on-site vet clinic will help to reduce expenses by as much as 60% - ensuring the organisation is able to meet the demand for its services into the future.
Pinaroo Roma Inc, a 60-bed not-for-profit aged care facility managed by the Rotary Club of Roma has been given a hand up to provide more dementia specific care in the Maranoa region. Having received a $250,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, the organisation will convert an existing wing into a second secure dementia specific wing to accommodate 11 additional dementia residents – bringing the total number of dementia specific beds to 23.
This will mean more people with the progressive illness will be able to stay close to their loved one and support networks, rather than having to move away to access this care.
The Murilla Community Centre in Miles has been supporting families and communities in the Western Downs region for almost 30 years. They provide a range of essential services, community programs and referrals to other agencies.
In 2019 the Murilla Community Centre received a $102,500 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket to empower the region’s elderly and people with disabilities to continue leading independent lives.
The grant allowed the centre to purchase a wheelchair accessible Hi-ace bus so that its vital bus service, which is the only transport option for the region’s aged and disabled could be saved.
A new RAV4 vehicle was also purchased and is used by staff to provide in-home respite and social support in the wider community. The handover of the grant coincided with the local Murilla Masonic Lodge’s centenary in July 2019, making it even more special for the region’s Freemasons who championed this initiative.
TRACTION is a community-based youth mentoring program which empowers young people in need to build their own future. In 2018, they received a $15,000 grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to engage a specialist to guide the development of their long-term strategy, business plan and governance program, positioning them for future growth.
In the long-term, this will mean more vulnerable young people aged 12-15 in south east Queensland will have access to their early intervention programs to develop important life skills, with the help of a mentor.
Since launching in 2015, the organisation has supported over 700 young people.
Sailability Shorncliffe is a volunteer-based organisation which provides sailing facilities for aged people and people with disabilities on Brisbane’s northside.
In 2018, Mt Pleasant Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $10,000, before Hand Heart Pocket provided a $50,250 Significant Grant to help bring an important community initiative to fruition.
By working together, a 6.2m wheelchair accessible pontoon boat was purchased for the organisation, ensuring more aged people and people with disabilities can enjoy being out on the water – improving their overall wellbeing.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) was the beneficiary of the inaugural Hand Heart Pocket Father’s Day Appeal.
In 2018, 15 events were held through the state, with Masonic Lodges and Men’s Shedders uniting to focus on their mental and physical health. Many of the events had local healthcare professionals conduct AMSA’s Spanner in the Works? health screening checks while others had guest speakers that spoke about various men’s health issues.
Any funds raised at the events went directly to the local Men’s Shed.
At the culmination of the appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland provided a $150,000 Significant Grant to AMSA to support Men’s Shed activities and programs across the state in 2019.
Hear and Say is a not-for-profit organisation supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing to reach their full potential.
Hear and Say’s multidisciplinary team are experts in hearing and Listening and Spoken Language Therapy. Through their five centres (Brisbane, Townsville, Toowoomba and the Sunshine and Gold Coasts), Telepractice Program for rural and remote families, and School Hearing Screening Program, Hear and Say’s services reach families right across Queensland.
In April 2018, Hand Heart Pocket gave Hear and Say a hand up to help more children with hearing loss to hear, listen and speak – empowering every child to reach their full learning potential and lead more independent lives.
The grant will ensure 200 children across the state will continue to have access to Hear and Say’s Audiology Services, and 300 children can continue to take part in the Early Intervention Program at their centres over the next year.
YellowBridge QLD is a local, independent and not-for-profit organisation based in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Each year it helps more than 4,000 people on the Darling Downs to access housing, disability support, youth and home services so they can lead independent and rewarding lives.
In February 2018, YellowBridge QLD received the support of Hand Heart Pocket to ensure appropriate disability housing is more accessible in the region.
The grant will enable the construction of a purpose-built three-bedroom unit in Toowoomba, to accommodate two people with disabilities and a carer.
It is one of four fully customised units being built by Enabled Living, which will include assistive technology to empower residents to lead more independent lives.
Trojan’s Trek annually conducts three week-long wilderness-based support intervention programs for defence veterans and Emergency Service personnel suffering from the psychological effects of active service.
Facilitated by veterans for veterans, their focus is to improve participants’ mental health and help turn victims into warriors by taking them on a trek of the mind. Since 2009, over 200 ex-servicemen and more than 60 ex-servicewomen have been helped to adapt to life after deployment.
In 2018, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland provided a $15,000 grant to Trojan’s Trek to fund the training of 21 former participants, empowering them to conduct these treks for their peers, including one at Millmerran on the Darling Downs later that year.
Women's Legal Service Queensland runs the state’s only statewide domestic violence legal helpline.
Their solicitors and social workers also provide free advice on a range of family law and domestic violence matters, including arrangements for children, separation and divorce, property settlements, domestic violence protection orders, child support, child protection and sexual assault from their specialist community legal centre in Brisbane. They target their service to those most in need, prioritising the safety of women and children.
In July 2017, Hand Heart Pocket provided vital interim funding to ensure calls to its state-wide legal helpline could continue to be answered until long-term funding could be secured. The funds also went towards the training of 75 regional community workers in Emerald and Rockhampton and an updated website accessed by over 40,000 women each year.
The following year, Hand Heart Pocket provided another significant grant, the majority of which went towards the extension of their Annerley premises. This additional infrastructure will enable them to conduct 2000 free legal appointments for domestic violence victims each year.
Camp Quality is a much-loved children’s cancer charity, which supports Australian children impacted by cancer – be that their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of someone they love.
Over the last 30 years Camp Quality has been providing innovative programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of children aged 0-13 growing up with cancer, and their families. Camp Quality believe ‘laughter is the best medicine’ to help kids and their families not only cope, but thrive.
Almost 7,000 Australian kids were registered for Camp Quality’s programs and services in 2016 and over 700 of those families are based in metropolitan and regional Queensland.
In June 2017 Hand Heart Pocket announced that it would fund Camp Quality’s Family Camps in Queensland for a 12-month period, helping the organisation to reach more Queensland families.
Hand Heart Pocket’s support of Camp Quality is in recognition of its efforts to give children impacted by cancer every opportunity to thrive.
3rd Space in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley is Queensland’s largest drop in and support centre for the homeless. Established in 1975, the organisation provides a range of essential services including meals, showers, laundry facilities, day beds and medical assistance for hundreds of people sleeping rough in the city.
In June 2017, Hand Heart Pocket empowered 3rd Space, to extend services from five to seven days a week as part of a 12-month pilot program. The grant is expected to assist 3rd Space to provide continuity of support and secure longer-term funding to have an even greater impact on homelessness in Brisbane.
Not only is the organisation on Hand Heart Pocket’s doorstep, but support of those at the coal face is important to Hand Heart Pocket, especially other charities who alleviate suffering and misfortune to empower people to lead better lives.
The Joyful Foundation Inc. is a North Queensland based charity that provides vital support to the region’s most disadvantaged primary school students to reach their full potential. The organisation was established in 2012 by Freemason Ron Donnellan to continue the legacy of his late daughter and former Townsville teacher Joy Donnellan.
Today over 80 schools are supported by the Joyful Foundation Inc. They provide students with the basic essentials to learn which they would normally go without like stationery packs and other opportunities to learn. In 2016 Hand Heart Pocket dedicated its Christmas Appeal to the cause, donating $80k and helping to expand their presence across North Queensland.
In addition, the organisation is behind the installation of buddy-benches across schools in the region, promoting anti-bullying and a caring learning environment.
Youngcare is a not-for-profit organisation spearheading powerful and positive change to create a future where every young person has the freedom, dignity and choice to live the lives we all deserve.
There is a severe shortage of age-appropriate housing for young people with high care needs, and too many young Australians are being left behind because of it. These young people deserve the freedom to choose where they live, who they live with and how they live their lives. Youngcare is tackling this national issue by acting as a conduit for industry, government and community to work together to bring much needed change to the disability housing sector.
Hand Heart Pocket first showed its support of Youngcare back in 2016, as part of the Queensland round of the Youngcare At Home Care Grants program. These grants provide one-off funding between $2,000 and $10,000 for equipment, home modifications and emergency respite for young people at risk of entering inappropriate housing such as aged care, ensuring they can remain in the care of their families for as long as possible. Thirty Queensland families directly benefited from Hand Heart Pocket’s contribution that year, with more families benefiting the following year when another donation towards the grants program was made.
COUCH or Committee for Oncology Unit at Cairns Hospital was formed in 2006 by Charles and Pip Woodward in an effort to bring better services for people living with cancer and their families in the Cairns region.
In 2017, Hand Heart Pocket in consultation with the Carpentaria District Freemasons provided a half a million dollar significant grant towards the COUCH Wellness Centre, a proposed development which will deliver services that provide a holistic approach to cancer care with the primary goal of improving the quality of life for people living with cancer (and beyond) as well as their carers.
The funds will specifically go towards the construction of a large double pavilion, the first of the pavilions to be built on the Manoora site, which will house specialist and support service providers.
Modelled on the successful Bloomhill Cancer Care Centre located on the Sunshine Coast, the facility will be the first of its kind in the region.