Staff and volunteers at the Bundaberg and District Meals on Wheels have been given a helping hand to carry out their essential work in the community, with the local Freemasons stepping in to purchase new equipment.
Tyrian Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated $5,373 towards a range of kitchen and office equipment to support the organisation’s day-to-day operations, including a security equipment upgrade, office chairs, a stainless-steel sandwich trolley, food processor and several stainless-steel flat trays.
Tyrian Masonic Lodge Secretary John Richardson said the local Meals on Wheels branch played a pivotal role in the community, impacting those who due to age, disability or other circumstances are unable to prepare their own meals.
“Locally, Meals on Wheels prepares 160 meals a day, five days a week for 51 weeks of the year. That’s no easy task, but it’s made possible because of the hardworking staff and volunteers,” John said.
“Many of their clients live alone and look forward to a cooked meal and a chat, so Tyrian Masonic Lodge wanted to show its support and empower Meals on Wheels to continue their important work.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said that the organisation focused on providing sustainable support that delivered positive outcomes for charitable organisations that have limited access to other funding.
“Support for initiatives that improve quality of life for the elderly forms part of our organisation’s long-term charitable intent.”
“By teaming up with Tyrian Lodge, we have been able to maximise the impact of their charity work at a grassroots level,” he said.
Photo: Bundaberg and District Meals on Wheels Service Manager Brendon Searle, Head Chef Michelle and Tyrian Masonic Lodge representative Ben Martelli.