People living with renal failure in the Mackay region have been given a hand up, after Sarina Masonic Lodge along with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated just over $1,600 to the Kidney Support Network.
The funds have been allocated towards the purchase of a new computer system which will be used to manage bookings as part of the transportation of patients to and from treatment, at Mackay Base Hospital.
Lodge Secretary Alan Cameron said with over 96,000 km travelled and over 4,100 patient trips made last year, it was vital that a reliable computer system was in place.
“We are proud to have provided sustainable support to an organisation that helps so many in the community of Mackay and surrounds,” Alan said.
“This essential service empowers people with kidney failure and their families to not be defined by their illness – which is why we want to support them,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead a better life was part of the organisation’s long-term strategy.
“Upgrading essential equipment so that the Kidney Support Network can continue reaching out to its clients aligns with our charitable intent which includes providing funding and financial assistance,” Gary said.
“I thank the members of Sarina Masonic Lodge for identifying this important local initiative. Through our combined efforts we’ve been able to have a greater impact at a grassroots level,” he said.
Photo: Sarina Masonic Lodge representatives Vic Clarendon (far left), Neil Wales (second from right) and Ron Payne (far right) with Trish Bryant (second from left), Lyn Wales and Trevor Waldron from the Kidney Support Network (centre).