Dialysis and chemotherapy patients at Roma Hospital in Queensland will receive treatment in added comfort thanks to a $22,659 donation from the South West Queensland Freemasons and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.
The three day-treatment chairs which Roma Hospital has purchased are ideal for patients receiving treatment for extended periods, with features such as wider armrests.
Five Freemasons Lodges including Raphael, Maranoa, Corona (Wallumbilla), Bonnie Doone (Injune) and Mitchell contributed a combined $5,000 towards the initiative and also secured a $17,659 Grassroots Grants from Hand Heart Pocket.
Roma Freemason Brian Reardon said supporting the local hospital was a priority given their value to regional communities.
“Roma Hospital is accessed by around 23,000 people each year,” Mr Reardon said.
“Our contribution helps the hospital to have the necessary equipment to deliver vital services for the community.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Sara Parrott said the Freemasons charity was pleased to support this local initiative through its Grassroots Grants program.
“Hand Heart Pocket’s giving boosts the efforts of our members, who have worked together to come up these funds for Roma Hospital,” Ms Parrott said.
“This essential equipment improves outcomes for cancer patients because they are more likely to complete their treatment if their discomfort can be reduced during their difficult journey to recovery.”
Photo: Members of Raphael, Maranoa, Corona (Wallumbilla), Bonnie Doone (Injune) and Mitchell Freemason Lodges gathered outside Roma Hospital.