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.