Men on the Atherton Tablelands 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 28 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and Barrine Masonic Lodge, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session in Yungaburra 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 potentially life-saving 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.”
Barrine Masonic Lodge representative Vincent Mantio said they are proud to be hosting the Men’s Health Matters initiative on the Atherton Tablelands.
“In addition to our Lodge work, we always like to do our bit for the community, and by hosting this event, we will be helping to highlight a range of important issues related to men’s health.”
“Reflecting on how we feel and learning about the positive changes that we can make in our daily lives can make all the difference.”
“We invite all those on the Atherton Tablelands to take that first step and to make the time to attend. Partners are also welcome.”
The Yungaburra Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 5pm on Friday, 28 February 2020 at the Yungaburra Masonic Centre on Fig Street. The session will be followed by a sausage sizzle.