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New medical equipment

Scanner enhances local care in Laidley

Arglye Masonic Lodge approached Laidley Hospital to see what would make most difference for the local community. High on the list was a bladder-scanner - non-invasive equipment used to monitor urinary volume in men, women and older children.

Hand Heart Pocket supported the Lodge’s local fundraising activities which included a barefoot bowls event, raffles and auctions as well as individual donations. A combined total of $6000 was matched by the hospital to purchase the equipment.

The scanner is saving many locals, including the elderly, travelling to Ipswich for painful, embarrassing and possibly risky catheterisation. It has been so successful that the idea has snowballed with Ipswich Hospital agreeing to subsidise scanners for Esk and Boonah hospitals too.

“Many people worked together and the whole community is benefiting from this advanced equipment.”
Drought relief

When disaster is the daily reality

Prolonged drought and deepening overdrafts have left many outback communities in dire circumstances. As conditions worsened in 2015, two separate Hand Heart Pocket initiatives reached out to ease some of the pain for the worst affected families.

In Mackay, three Masonic Lodges got together to raise funds - including $10,000 from local workers - to help the Longreach region. Their fundraising was matched by Hand Heart Pocket and resulted in a $50,000 total for the area most devastated by drought over recent years.

Hand Heart Pocket also donated $10,000 to the Murilla Shire to give emergency help to those who were struggling to catch up and manage everyday expenses like food, healthcare, school uniforms and utilities.

In both regions, the challenges are similar - hampers or hay bales don’t go far to ease the situation and people are often reluctant to ask for help. For this reason, Hand Heart Pocket partnered with other local organisations to distribute the funds strategically in ways that identified the most urgent need and kept money circulating in the local economy.

“Let’s helps lift the spirits of those affected by drought and let them know that the rest of Queensland is thinking about them.”
A brave little girl

Supporting a brave little girl

Sometimes a particular case touches the heart of everyone in a local community. Little Wyllow Cobbin is one such special case.

The little girl from Harrisville has Rett Syndrome - a rare neurological disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. After early normal development, the young child starts to lose motor skills and speech. The slowly progressing disease makes it hard for her to walk, feed herself or participate in normal activities.

Members of Fassifern Kilwinning Lodge participated in a Family Fun Day to raise funds for Wyllow’s medical care and equipment. Their fundraising was matched by Hand Heart Pocket to give the family some of the support they so desperately need in caring for this brave little girl.

“This extra help has made a huge difference for Wyllow and her family.”
Dining in the dark

Guide Dogs Queensland benefits from unusual dinner

The ‘Dining in the Dark’ event was an enjoyable occasion that made a very serious point and raised $7000 for Guide Dogs Queensland.

The unusual dinner was initiated by the United Tradesmen’s Lodge in Ipswich and was so successful it will be repeated again in August 2015.

Guests enjoyed great food and experienced for just a short time what it would be like to be vision impaired. Hand Heart Pocket is pleased to support this inspirational fundraiser.

“It takes a community to raise a Guide Dog.”
Rehabilitation support

Helping rehabilitation in Logan

When you’ve had a serious accident, injury or operation, it is important to start rebuilding your strength as soon possible. A new rehabilitation unit at Logan Hospital is set to make that much easier for Logan residents, and Hand Heart Pocket has had a role to play in giving the unit state-of-the-art equipment.

Thespian and Logan Beenleigh Lodges were keen to help the new unit and chose to donate a ‘sliding-top tilt table’, which will be be used for patients who have had orthopaedic injuries or a stroke. Raising money for the $10,000 table was a great community effort with sausage sizzles at Bunnings, a Bunnings donation of a gift card to raffle and a donation from the table manufacturer Healthtec. The funds raised in the community were matched by Hand Heart Pocket.

“Thank you to the people of Logan and our partners for getting behind this important initiative.”
Community sports

Healthy happy soccer kids

Hundreds of community sports teams around Queensland give children the chance to enjoy healthy exercise, develop teamwork and make new friends. These teams are often totally dependent on parents and community volunteers to perform their important role.

Hand Heart Pocket has joined Gympie’s Masonic Lodges in supporting the town’s junior soccer teams by providing jerseys for the next three years. The $4000 donation will make the kids feel like winners and is designed to encourage new members in the under-10s age group.

“Active kids are creating winning habits - a great goal for Gympie!”