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The Kidney Support Network’s Op-Shop on the Sunshine Coast will save over a hundred dollars in commercial removalist costs each week, after being gifted a new tipping trailer to dispose of unwanted goods left at the store.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, on behalf of Landsborough Masonic Lodge, provided a Grassroots Community Grant for the initiative – one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of its 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round.

Landsborough Masonic Lodge representative Des Rauber said they were thrilled that their submission had been successful.

“This will make such a difference for the Kidney Support Network. Trips to the dump or to the recyclers will now be carried out by the Op-Shop volunteers – providing a huge saving,” Des said.

“These savings will be passed down to customers who are often doing it tough,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said providing sustainable support to charitable organisations that have limited access to other funding sources was part of their focus.

“It’s our pleasure to provide a hand up to the Kidney Support Network. We believe in empowering people to lead better lives and this funding will help the Kidney Support Network to achieve this,” Gary said.

“In addition to ensuring locals doing it tough can access second-hand goods for less, the grant will indirectly impact their core mission which is to support people with renal failure to lead better lives through a range of support services.”

“By working closely with Landsborough Masonic Lodge who identified this initiative, we’ve been able to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Landsborough Masonic Lodge’s Alan Holdsworth, Hand Heart Pocket Champion Colin Elrington, Kidney Support Network Sunshine Coast Branch Coordinator Kathy Rayner and Landsborough Masonic Lodge’s Rick Joyce. 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Brisbane Freemasons and Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed, in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA), joined forces to celebrate Father’s Day at a special morning tea held this morning to shine a spotlight on men’s health.

The event is one of many being held across Queensland throughout September and October as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Father’s Day Appeal where AMSA will deliver its Spanner in the Works? men’s health checks and funds will be raised for local Men’s Sheds.

“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

“Support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health aligns with the organisation’s long-term strategy,” he said. 

The events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.

“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.

“The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.

Freemason and Secretary of Stanley Masonic Lodge at Stones Corner Ron Anderson said it was beneficial for both organisations, who regularly support men at many levels, to join forces and shine a spotlight on men’s health.

“It’s no secret that we men are less likely to go to the doctor or to talk about how we feel. However, keeping a check of your physical and mental health and checking in with each other can go a long way,” he said.

“It is great that Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland can help us support such an important initiative as well as support Men’s Sheds at both a statewide and a local level,” said Ron.

Photo: Brisbane Freemasons and Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed came together to cast a spotlight on Men's Health as part of the Hand Heart Pocket 2018 Father's Day Appeal.

Find out more about our Father's Day Appeal

The Townsville Family Fishing Challenge is brought to you by the Townsville and District Freemasons.

All profits from this family friendly event will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and donated to Cancer Council Queensland for use at their Townsville Branch.

With thousands of dollars worth of prizes up for grabs make sure you secure your ticket today!

WHEN

13-14 October, 2018

TICKETS

Adults $15 and Juniors $10

For more information visit the Townsville Family Fishing Challenge Facebook page.

 

Dining in the Dark

Tickets are now on sale for the 5th annual Dining in the Dark event at the Ipswich Reception Centre on Saturday 13th of October.

Hosted by United Tradesmen’s Lodge No 12 UGLQ, proceeds from the evening will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Hand Heart Pocket and donated to Guide Dogs Queensland to help provide services like guide dog mobility, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility, and counselling to Queenslanders with low or no vision.

Treated to a two-course dinner, entertainment, a live auction and raffles, guests will consume their meal blindfolded to get an understanding of what it is like to be blind or vision impaired.

This year, guests will also be able to put on their blindfolds and have a go at being guided through an obstacle course by a guide dog in training. However, spots are limited so you must book in advance! 

WHEN

Saturday 13th October, 2018 6:30pm for a 7pm start

Obstacle course activity starts from 5pm.

WHERE

Ipswich Reception Centre, Ipswich Showgrounds Warwick Road, Ipswich

DRESS

Smart Casual

TICKETS

Tickets: $40 each

To secure your ticket contact Ian Brown on 0431 034 852 or Jim Williams on 0428 874 911.

Freemasons from around the state have rallied with their charity, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to again support drought-affected families and communities.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said that the charity had previously worked with Freemasons throughout the state from 2015 to 2017 and was able to donate $1 million to drought-affected families and communities.

“With over half of the state drought-declared and some parts of Queensland not seeing rain for more than five years, some of our members recognised the urgency to support these communities again,” said Gary.

“We also wanted to show drought-affected Queenslanders that they were not forgotten and therefore have agreed to donate an additional two dollars for every one dollar donated by our Freemason members and Masonic Lodges for an eight-week period until October 5 this year,” he said.

Already, from the support of Freemasons throughout the state and the charity pitching in double what they are donating, Hand Heart Pocket has almost $120,000 ready to distribute to drought-affected families and communities.

The organisation will provide Eftpos cards to be distributed through its partners on the ground such as The Western Drought Appeal and their associated distribution channels, the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Queensland Education and the School of Distant Education parent support group, to ensure they get quickly to where they are needed most.

“The cards are designed to be spent locally, to put food on the table and to pay essential bills such as electricity,” said Gary.

“We hope that by October 5 we will be able to make a greater impact on drought-affected families and communities.”

Donate to our Drought Appeal and support drought-affected families and communities in Queensland

Atherton Freemasons and Men’s Shed, in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA), joined forces to celebrate Father’s Day at a special morning tea held this morning to shine a spotlight on men’s health.

The event is one of many being held across Queensland throughout September and October as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Father’s Day Appeal where AMSA will deliver its Spanner in the Works? men’s health checks and funds will be raised for local Men’s Sheds.

“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

“Support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health aligns with the organisation’s long-term strategy,” he said. 

The events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.

“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.

“The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.

Freemasons District Grand Master Henry Condon said it was great that both organisations could work together to shine a spotlight on men’s health, considering they both regularly support men at many levels.

“It’s important for us men to make sure that we look after our physical and mental health, even though we don’t like going to the doctor or talking about how we are feeling. Regular check-ups and checking in with each other can help identify preventable illness early.”

“We are proud that we can focus on men’s health and have the support of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland at a local and statewide level,” said Henry.

Photo: Atherton Community Health Clinical Nurse Mal Fraser, AMSA Marty Leist alongside Atherton Freemasons Mil Clay and Barry Nichols.

 Find out more about our Father's Day Appeal

Cairns Freemasons and Men’s Shed, in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA), joined forces to celebrate Father’s Day at a special morning tea held this morning to shine a spotlight on men’s health.

The event is one of many being held across Queensland throughout September and October as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Father’s Day Appeal where AMSA will deliver its Spanner in the Works? men’s health checks and funds will be raised for local Men’s Sheds.

“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

“Support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health aligns with the organisation’s long-term strategy,” he said. 

The events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.

“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.

“The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.

Freemasons Deputy District Grand Master Raja Chohan said it was encouraging that both organisations, who support men at many levels on a regular basis, could join forces to shine a spotlight on men’s health.

“It’s no secret that we men are less likely to go to the doctor, to make healthy lifestyle choices and talk about our feelings. However, keeping a check of your physical and mental health can significantly reduce your chances of developing a preventable illness.”

“We are proud that Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland can help us support such an important initiative at both a statewide and a grassroots level,” said Raja.

Photo: Australian Men’s Shed Association representative Marty Leist, Cairns Hospital Cardiac Rehab Unit representative Megan Warncke, Cairns Men's Shed representative Clive Lee alongside the Carpentaria Deputy District Grand Master Raja Chohan and Past District Grand Master Phil Starr. 

 Find out more about our Father's Day Appeal

The Gathering of the Clans 2018 will take place on 28 –29 September at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

It is a biannual event which brings together the Freemasons of the Scottish order.

This year’s Gathering will be hosted by Southport Masonic Lodge, who last hosted the event 20 years ago.

All parts of the weekend of festivities are open to the public, except the ‘real’ First Degree ceremony.

The event will also support The Sanctuary Women and Children’s Refuge with funds being matched Dollar-for-Dollar by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

The total funds raised for The Sanctuary will be announced at the Gala Banquet on the Saturday evening.

When: 28 –29 September 2018

Where: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast

For more information visit www.gotc2018.org.au   

For tickets contact Lu McCluskey on 0488 761 867 or lu_mccluskey59@hotmail.com

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland is gearing up to raise funds for Men’s Sheds across Queensland while increasing awareness for men’s physical and mental health through its 2018 Father’s Day Appeal.

Running throughout September and October 2018, the Hand Heart Pocket Father’s Day Appeal will see Masonic Lodge’s rally together to hold men’s health events at Masonic Centres across Queensland, while also raising funds for local Men’s Sheds.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health was part of the organisation’s long-term strategy.

“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” Gary said.

AMSA and local Men’s Sheds will team up to support events throughout the 2018 Appeal and in some locations will deliver free men’s health checks as part of AMSA’s Spanner in the Works? men’s health initiative.

“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

Events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.

 “The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.

Donate to our Father's Day Appeals and help Australian Men's Shed Association to support Men's Shed activities and programs across Queensland throughout 2019.

There was plenty to celebrate at Tynwald Masonic Lodge’s centenary celebrations, earlier this month, including the handover of $10k to empower disadvantaged locals to lead more independent lives.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland on behalf of Tynwald Masonic Lodge, provided the $10k grant to the Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group (SANDBAG Inc) – one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round.

The funds will allow SANDBAG to purchase vital office equipment such as laptops and furniture, to provide an enhanced learning environment for the upskilling of those doing it tough, in search of meaningful work.

Tynwald Masonic Lodge representative Peter Taylor said they were elated that their submission had been successful.

“This really was the perfect way to celebrate our 100 years in the local area. In all that time, Tynwald Lodge has been active in the community, supporting various causes that make a difference at a local level.” Peter said.

“In relation to SANDBAG, whether it’s a domestic violence victim looking to rebuild his or her life, a recently retrenched person needing to upskill, a disadvantaged person looking for a job or a senior citizen requiring some administrative assistance –every one of them can lead a better life with the support of this local organisation. Knowledge is power, and we are proud to champion that,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said they were all for supporting education initiatives that help to alleviate misfortune and empower people to lead more independent lives.

“Giving people a hand up to get back on their feet through education is what resonated with us,” Gary said.

“It’s our pleasure to have provided a hand up for SANDBAG, to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level together with Tynwald Masonic Lodge, as they celebrate such a significant milestone in their history,” he said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

The Kidney Support Network’s Op-Shop on the Sunshine Coast will save over a hundred dollars in commercial removalist costs each week, after being gifted a new tipping trailer to dispose of unwanted goods left at the store.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, on behalf of Landsborough Masonic Lodge, provided a Grassroots Community Grant for the initiative – one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of its 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round.

Landsborough Masonic Lodge representative Des Rauber said they were thrilled that their submission had been successful.

“This will make such a difference for the Kidney Support Network. Trips to the dump or to the recyclers will now be carried out by the Op-Shop volunteers – providing a huge saving,” Des said.

“These savings will be passed down to customers who are often doing it tough,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said providing sustainable support to charitable organisations that have limited access to other funding sources was part of their focus.

“It’s our pleasure to provide a hand up to the Kidney Support Network. We believe in empowering people to lead better lives and this funding will help the Kidney Support Network to achieve this,” Gary said.

“In addition to ensuring locals doing it tough can access second-hand goods for less, the grant will indirectly impact their core mission which is to support people with renal failure to lead better lives through a range of support services.”

“By working closely with Landsborough Masonic Lodge who identified this initiative, we’ve been able to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Landsborough Masonic Lodge’s Alan Holdsworth, Hand Heart Pocket Champion Colin Elrington, Kidney Support Network Sunshine Coast Branch Coordinator Kathy Rayner and Landsborough Masonic Lodge’s Rick Joyce. 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Brisbane Freemasons and Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed, in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA), joined forces to celebrate Father’s Day at a special morning tea held this morning to shine a spotlight on men’s health.

The event is one of many being held across Queensland throughout September and October as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Father’s Day Appeal where AMSA will deliver its Spanner in the Works? men’s health checks and funds will be raised for local Men’s Sheds.

“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

“Support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health aligns with the organisation’s long-term strategy,” he said. 

The events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.

“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.

“The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.

Freemason and Secretary of Stanley Masonic Lodge at Stones Corner Ron Anderson said it was beneficial for both organisations, who regularly support men at many levels, to join forces and shine a spotlight on men’s health.

“It’s no secret that we men are less likely to go to the doctor or to talk about how we feel. However, keeping a check of your physical and mental health and checking in with each other can go a long way,” he said.

“It is great that Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland can help us support such an important initiative as well as support Men’s Sheds at both a statewide and a local level,” said Ron.

Photo: Brisbane Freemasons and Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed came together to cast a spotlight on Men's Health as part of the Hand Heart Pocket 2018 Father's Day Appeal.

Find out more about our Father's Day Appeal

Freemasons from around the state have rallied with their charity, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to again support drought-affected families and communities.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said that the charity had previously worked with Freemasons throughout the state from 2015 to 2017 and was able to donate $1 million to drought-affected families and communities.

“With over half of the state drought-declared and some parts of Queensland not seeing rain for more than five years, some of our members recognised the urgency to support these communities again,” said Gary.

“We also wanted to show drought-affected Queenslanders that they were not forgotten and therefore have agreed to donate an additional two dollars for every one dollar donated by our Freemason members and Masonic Lodges for an eight-week period until October 5 this year,” he said.

Already, from the support of Freemasons throughout the state and the charity pitching in double what they are donating, Hand Heart Pocket has almost $120,000 ready to distribute to drought-affected families and communities.

The organisation will provide Eftpos cards to be distributed through its partners on the ground such as The Western Drought Appeal and their associated distribution channels, the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Queensland Education and the School of Distant Education parent support group, to ensure they get quickly to where they are needed most.

“The cards are designed to be spent locally, to put food on the table and to pay essential bills such as electricity,” said Gary.

“We hope that by October 5 we will be able to make a greater impact on drought-affected families and communities.”

Donate to our Drought Appeal and support drought-affected families and communities in Queensland

Atherton Freemasons and Men’s Shed, in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA), joined forces to celebrate Father’s Day at a special morning tea held this morning to shine a spotlight on men’s health.

The event is one of many being held across Queensland throughout September and October as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Father’s Day Appeal where AMSA will deliver its Spanner in the Works? men’s health checks and funds will be raised for local Men’s Sheds.

“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

“Support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health aligns with the organisation’s long-term strategy,” he said. 

The events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.

“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.

“The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.

Freemasons District Grand Master Henry Condon said it was great that both organisations could work together to shine a spotlight on men’s health, considering they both regularly support men at many levels.

“It’s important for us men to make sure that we look after our physical and mental health, even though we don’t like going to the doctor or talking about how we are feeling. Regular check-ups and checking in with each other can help identify preventable illness early.”

“We are proud that we can focus on men’s health and have the support of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland at a local and statewide level,” said Henry.

Photo: Atherton Community Health Clinical Nurse Mal Fraser, AMSA Marty Leist alongside Atherton Freemasons Mil Clay and Barry Nichols.

 Find out more about our Father's Day Appeal

Cairns Freemasons and Men’s Shed, in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA), joined forces to celebrate Father’s Day at a special morning tea held this morning to shine a spotlight on men’s health.

The event is one of many being held across Queensland throughout September and October as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Father’s Day Appeal where AMSA will deliver its Spanner in the Works? men’s health checks and funds will be raised for local Men’s Sheds.

“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

“Support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health aligns with the organisation’s long-term strategy,” he said. 

The events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.

“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.

“The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.

Freemasons Deputy District Grand Master Raja Chohan said it was encouraging that both organisations, who support men at many levels on a regular basis, could join forces to shine a spotlight on men’s health.

“It’s no secret that we men are less likely to go to the doctor, to make healthy lifestyle choices and talk about our feelings. However, keeping a check of your physical and mental health can significantly reduce your chances of developing a preventable illness.”

“We are proud that Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland can help us support such an important initiative at both a statewide and a grassroots level,” said Raja.

Photo: Australian Men’s Shed Association representative Marty Leist, Cairns Hospital Cardiac Rehab Unit representative Megan Warncke, Cairns Men's Shed representative Clive Lee alongside the Carpentaria Deputy District Grand Master Raja Chohan and Past District Grand Master Phil Starr. 

 Find out more about our Father's Day Appeal

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland is gearing up to raise funds for Men’s Sheds across Queensland while increasing awareness for men’s physical and mental health through its 2018 Father’s Day Appeal.

Running throughout September and October 2018, the Hand Heart Pocket Father’s Day Appeal will see Masonic Lodge’s rally together to hold men’s health events at Masonic Centres across Queensland, while also raising funds for local Men’s Sheds.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health was part of the organisation’s long-term strategy.

“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” Gary said.

AMSA and local Men’s Sheds will team up to support events throughout the 2018 Appeal and in some locations will deliver free men’s health checks as part of AMSA’s Spanner in the Works? men’s health initiative.

“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

Events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.

 “The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.

Donate to our Father's Day Appeals and help Australian Men's Shed Association to support Men's Shed activities and programs across Queensland throughout 2019.

There was plenty to celebrate at Tynwald Masonic Lodge’s centenary celebrations, earlier this month, including the handover of $10k to empower disadvantaged locals to lead more independent lives.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland on behalf of Tynwald Masonic Lodge, provided the $10k grant to the Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group (SANDBAG Inc) – one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round.

The funds will allow SANDBAG to purchase vital office equipment such as laptops and furniture, to provide an enhanced learning environment for the upskilling of those doing it tough, in search of meaningful work.

Tynwald Masonic Lodge representative Peter Taylor said they were elated that their submission had been successful.

“This really was the perfect way to celebrate our 100 years in the local area. In all that time, Tynwald Lodge has been active in the community, supporting various causes that make a difference at a local level.” Peter said.

“In relation to SANDBAG, whether it’s a domestic violence victim looking to rebuild his or her life, a recently retrenched person needing to upskill, a disadvantaged person looking for a job or a senior citizen requiring some administrative assistance –every one of them can lead a better life with the support of this local organisation. Knowledge is power, and we are proud to champion that,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said they were all for supporting education initiatives that help to alleviate misfortune and empower people to lead more independent lives.

“Giving people a hand up to get back on their feet through education is what resonated with us,” Gary said.

“It’s our pleasure to have provided a hand up for SANDBAG, to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level together with Tynwald Masonic Lodge, as they celebrate such a significant milestone in their history,” he said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Domestic violence victims in the Moreton Bay region have been given a hand up by the local Freemasons, empowering them to start over.

The Centre Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) will be able to provide more care packages for victims, after Pine Rivers Masonic Lodge with the assistance of Hand Heart Pocket donated $1000 towards the emergency relief scheme.

Pine Rivers Lodge Secretary, Ross Patching OAM said when a victim makes the brave decision to leave an abusive relationship, packing essential items like food, toiletries, clothing and toys is the last thing on their mind.

“We want victims to know that they are not alone and with support, they can lead a better life,” Ross said.

“We hope our donation shows clients that despite their recent experiences there are good non-violent men in society.”

“As well as setting a good example, we might even inspire the next generation of Freemasons in the region,” he said.

Last financial year CADA received over 3000 DV referrals from police, provided close to 6000 adults with crisis and counselling support, helped close to 2000 children access their child and youth services, while more than 6500 individuals were given court assistance.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark gave Pine Rivers Lodge the credit for identifying a worthy local cause.

“Giving domestic violence victims a hand up when they most need it, lines up with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about alleviating suffering and misfortune to lead a better life,” Gary said.

“Hand Heart Pocket was delighted to match the Lodge’s fundraising to help vulnerable women rebuild their lives,” he said.

Photo: Pine Rivers Masonic Lodge hands overs a cheque for $1000 to Centre Against Domestic Abuse representative Estrella H. 

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Proserpine Meals on Wheels is set to get a new vehicle to help with the delivery of hundreds of meals in the community, following the efforts of the local Freemasons.

Needing a total of $27k for the new vehicle, Proserpine-Whitsunday Masonic Lodge contributed $5k while securing $22k from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland through their Grassroots Grants initiatives.

Proserpine-Whitsundays Masonic Lodge Secretary Anton Yuskan said they were proud to help the local service in this way.

“We’re really pleased to be able to provide a hand up to Proserpine Meals on Wheels. In addition to delivering meals around Proserpine, Airlie Beach and Cannonvale, the new vehicle will allow Meals on Wheels to potentially expand its service to Dingo Beach, Hydeaway Beach, Conway and Wilson’s beaches and even Midge Point down the track,” Anton said.

“A more reliable and economical vehicle will help Meals on Wheels to reach out to more of those in our community that need not just a good meal but companionship – significantly improving their quality of life and enabling them to remain at home for longer,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said support services that seek to empower people to lead better lives aligned with the organisation’s purpose.

“We’re all for providing sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes to charitable organisations that have limited access to other funding sources,” Gary said.

“Also supporting initiatives that help the aged members of our community is a key area that we seek to support as part of our long-term strategy.”

“Thanks to the local knowledge of Proserpine-Whitsundays Masonic Lodge, who identified this important initiative, we’ve been able to work together to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Proserpine-Whitsunday Freemason Ross Hughes, Proserpine Meals on Wheels representatives Helen Maynard-Turner and Paul Eakin and Proserpine-Whitsunday Freemason Anton Yuskan.

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Since the mid-2000s, children with hearing loss on the Sunshine Coast have been empowered to reach their full learning potential with the support of local charity, Hear and Say.

Just last week the Hear and Say Centre in Nambour received a visit from the local Freemasons, who met with families and staff to hear how a state-wide grant for half-a-million-dollars from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland is making a difference on the ground. 

The grant, handed over earlier this year, will help to cover the funding gap to deliver critical early intervention services, ensuring continuity of support for deaf children throughout Queensland for the next year – till the full financial impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is known in late 2018. 

Sunshine Coast Freemason Mike Aldrich who was present at the special morning tea said nothing compares to hearing directly from the families that have benefited.

“It was incredibly special for us to have been able to meet with these local families and to see the centre in action, Mr Aldrich said. 

“We sat in on a group social skills playgroup and toured the facility as well, which gave us a glimpse into the innovative work being done to empower these young children to lead a normal life, with the ability to hear, listen and speak, better than their typically hearing peers in most cases,” Mr Aldrich said.

“The visit put things into perspective for us, to see the difference this funding is making at a grassroots level. We’re only too proud that children on the Sunshine Coast and throughout the state are benefiting from this grant which was made on behalf of the Freemasons of Queensland,” he said.

Collectively, the grant will mean that 200 children across the state will continue to have access to Hear and Say’s Audiology Services, and 300 children can take part in the Early Intervention Program at Hear and Say’s Centres on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Brisbane, Townsville and Toowoomba.

Hear and Say Chief Executive Officer Chris McCarthy stressed how important essential listening and spoken language therapy is to a child’s development.

“It can take up to six years to teach a profoundly deaf child to listen, process language, and speak, using the latest technology and an Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach, so it’s vital that our services remain accessible – for children to be ready for mainstream schooling,” Mr McCarthy said.

“We are extremely grateful for this funding from Hand Heart Pocket. Without this, Queensland children could miss out on vital services and programs that build their potential.”

“We also thank the local Freemasons for their show of support for our local Hear and Say, families. It truly means a lot to them to know the local Freemasons are supportive of the grant.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said providing sustainable support to charitable initiatives that have limited access to other funding sources was the organisation’s focus.

“Our values are centred around empowering people to lead better lives,” Mr Mark said.

“Support for education initiatives for children with a disability aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s long-term strategy, and we are delighted that this partnership is enabling more children on the Sunshine Coast and throughout Queensland to have a future which will not be limited by their hearing loss.”

 

Photo: The Sunshine Coast Freemasons recently visited the local Hear and Say Centre to meet with families impacted by Hand Heart Pocket’s half-a-million-dollar state-wide grant.

Find out more about the Significant Grant announcement to Hear and Say in April this year or watch footage of the official cheque handover.

The Townsville Family Fishing Challenge is brought to you by the Townsville and District Freemasons.

All profits from this family friendly event will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and donated to Cancer Council Queensland for use at their Townsville Branch.

With thousands of dollars worth of prizes up for grabs make sure you secure your ticket today!

WHEN

13-14 October, 2018

TICKETS

Adults $15 and Juniors $10

For more information visit the Townsville Family Fishing Challenge Facebook page.

 

Dining in the Dark

Tickets are now on sale for the 5th annual Dining in the Dark event at the Ipswich Reception Centre on Saturday 13th of October.

Hosted by United Tradesmen’s Lodge No 12 UGLQ, proceeds from the evening will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Hand Heart Pocket and donated to Guide Dogs Queensland to help provide services like guide dog mobility, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility, and counselling to Queenslanders with low or no vision.

Treated to a two-course dinner, entertainment, a live auction and raffles, guests will consume their meal blindfolded to get an understanding of what it is like to be blind or vision impaired.

This year, guests will also be able to put on their blindfolds and have a go at being guided through an obstacle course by a guide dog in training. However, spots are limited so you must book in advance! 

WHEN

Saturday 13th October, 2018 6:30pm for a 7pm start

Obstacle course activity starts from 5pm.

WHERE

Ipswich Reception Centre, Ipswich Showgrounds Warwick Road, Ipswich

DRESS

Smart Casual

TICKETS

Tickets: $40 each

To secure your ticket contact Ian Brown on 0431 034 852 or Jim Williams on 0428 874 911.

The Gathering of the Clans 2018 will take place on 28 –29 September at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

It is a biannual event which brings together the Freemasons of the Scottish order.

This year’s Gathering will be hosted by Southport Masonic Lodge, who last hosted the event 20 years ago.

All parts of the weekend of festivities are open to the public, except the ‘real’ First Degree ceremony.

The event will also support The Sanctuary Women and Children’s Refuge with funds being matched Dollar-for-Dollar by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

The total funds raised for The Sanctuary will be announced at the Gala Banquet on the Saturday evening.

When: 28 –29 September 2018

Where: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast

For more information visit www.gotc2018.org.au   

For tickets contact Lu McCluskey on 0488 761 867 or lu_mccluskey59@hotmail.com

Members are invited to join us at our ‘Year in Review’ event where we will outline our achievements over the past year against our strategy, and hear about the impact of our support from our charitable partners.

When: Monday November 12, 2018
            5.15pm (for a 6pm start)

Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
             Merivale Street, South Brisbane

Places are limited and will be allocated by region. Subsidised transport is being organised for the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Bayside, Logan and Gympie regions.

To express your interest in attending, please email info@handheartpocket.org.au