Men on the Fraser Coast will have the opportunity to discover how to lead better lives with the local Freemasons set to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.
On 12 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Maryborough Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in Maryborough as part of the ‘Men’s Health Matters’ awareness campaign.
The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.
“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.
The free information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.
CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.
“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.
“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”
Maryborough Freemason Russell Darcy said they were looking forward to welcoming the community into the Masonic Centre for the event.
“This is another way that we can make a positive impact in our community, on top of our charity work,” Mr Darcy said.
“The forum will give us men the chance to take stock of our health in a relaxed manner, to talk and learn about a range of topics related to our health and wellbeing.
“We encourage everyone in the region to attend,” he said.