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Men living with prostate cancer in the Toowoomba region will no longer have to travel to Brisbane to receive the support they need, after Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland and its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the state, last year pledged $150,000 to fund an initiative of ManUp! that would see a dedicated prostate cancer nurse service the region.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said the donation is expected to fund the program for one year of a three-year term.

“We are delighted to confirm that a formal agreement and the donation of funds has now been finalised with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which will see our support of this ManUp! initiative come to fruition,” Gary said.

“We are proud to have been able to help fund a men’s health initiative that will have a positive impact on those in regional communities,” he said.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, prostate cancer claimed the lives of close to 3,500 men in Australia last year. 

Photo: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s Megan Cairney, ManUp! Founders Brian and Jill Costello and Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark.  

Find out more about the important work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland.  

Launched just days ago, The Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal benefiting the Joyful Foundation Inc. has already seen a steady stream of generous donations come through.

Northgate Remembrance Lodge was the first Lodge to donate more than $1000 to the Appeal, making them the latest recipients of a special Joyful Foundation Inc. medallion given to Lodges or individuals by the Joyful Foundation Inc. when a donation of over $1000 is made.

Joyful Foundation Inc. Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan presented representatives of Northgate Remembrance Lodge with their medallion at the Board of Benevolence Annual General Meeting on Monday night in recognition of their $2500 donation to the Christmas Appeal.

Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said it was encouraging to see Lodges jumping into action and getting behind the Appeal in such a swift manner.

“We are appreciative to Northgate Remembrance Lodge for their generosity and for taking the lead,” Gary said.

“I encourage all Lodges to get behind the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal which we know will have a huge impact on the lives of disadvantaged students in North Queensland helping to provide access to the basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and costs for extra-curricular activities and excursions which they would normally go without.”

“In order to have a bigger impact Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland will support the fundraising efforts of Lodges by matching their donations dollar for dollar with no limits applied,” he said.

A $50,000 target has been set for the Christmas Appeal which is expected to enable Joyful Foundation Inc. to increase their capacity to help disadvantaged children in North Queensland by 50%.

Photo: Joyful Foundation Inc. Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan presents representatives of Northgate Remembrance Lodge with a special Joyful Foundation Inc. medallion for donating $2500 towards the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal.

Find out more or donate to the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal benefiting the Joyful Foundation Inc. 

 

Rockhampton Freemason, Ted Cordell is the sixth Queensland Freemason to receive the prestigious Order of Service to Benevolence Jewel (OSB) in the last few months.

Presented by Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire at the Board’s new Offices in Brisbane, on Monday morning, Tom said the OSB Jewel was awarded to Ted in recognition of his efforts in taking care of the 12 Unit Complex (previously owned by Masonic Care Queensland) at Gracemere, outside of Rockhampton.  

Ted began actively volunteering at the site over 10 years ago dividing his time between maintaining the grounds, coordinating other volunteers, coordinating capital works and tenancy agreements on behalf of Masonic Care Queensland as well as being the local contact for residents. In addition to his duties as a volunteer, Ted has also been the Secretary and Treasurer of the Rockhampton and District Committee since 2006.

Hand Heart Pocket is appreciative to Ted for his dedication and is delighted to hear that he will continue his volunteer duties into the future with the new owners. 

Photo: Rockhampton Freemason, Ted Cordell with Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire shortly after receiving his OSB Jewel. A special morning tea was held to mark the occasion.

 

The 71st Annual General Meeting of Board of Benevolence was held on Monday night with more than 80 Freemasons, stakeholders and members of the general public in attendance.

Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire, was the first to address the meeting, where he spoke about the strong financial results for the 2015/2016 financial year and the organisation’s increase in benevolent and charitable activities over the past 12-months, making a $1.73 million difference to Queenslanders. He also endorsed the recently launched Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal urging guests to donate. To conclude his presentation, he launched the organisation’s Interim Strategic Plan, sharing why it was developed, what it involved and that it would form the base for a longer term plan.

Next to address the meeting was Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, who communicated Masonic Care Queensland’s financial results for the 2015/2016 financial year and how these results were achieved through the turnaround of the business, making it robust and attractive. He also spoke about how the management team of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland plans to deliver on the Interim Strategic Plan, before launching the long awaited keepsake book about Masonic Care Queensland, ‘A legacy built on caring 1925-2016’.

A number of guest speakers from various community and charitable organisations who have been working with Hand Heart Pocket also took to the stage. They included Ron Donnellan and Grace Vigar from the Joyful Foundation Inc., whose organisation will benefit from the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal; Robert Carmichael from Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge whose bursary program for local school students will continue in perpetuity after having recently signed an agreement to allow Hand Heart Pocket to manage funds of $100,000 in trust and administer from 2017 and; Youngcare Connect Manager Shane Jamieson, who spoke about the impact of Hand Heart Pocket’s support to the At Home Care Grants 2016 and the outdoor area at the Wooloowin Share House.  

Board of Benevolence wishes to thank all those who attended the momentous evening and for their ongoing support of the work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland. 

Photo: Board of Benevolence Chairman Tom Wiltshire addresses the crowd at the 71st Annual General Meeting of Board of Benevolence. 

Find out more about the important work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland.  

After obtaining a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar SubsidyLogan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge recently donated three specialised chairs to Beenleigh Special School, which will allow students with multiple disabilities to sit securely whilst participating in the classroom.

Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge Secretary, Ken Rose, said that the Lodge was committed to making a difference locally and hopes to do more for the school in the future.

“I am also a member of Redlands Lodge which has done a lot for special schools in their local area. Having seen firsthand the impact it can have, we were inspired to do something for the special school in Beenleigh too,” Ken said.

Beenleigh Special School, Physiotherapist, Jessica Bentley said these chairs would make a huge difference to the students’ learning outcomes, many of whom find it difficult to sit upright whilst at their desks.

“The specialised chairs are adjustable to facilitate the students’ growing needs and will be able to be shared between many students, for many years to come,” Jessica said.

“We sincerely thank Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge for partnering with the Special School, and investing in our students’ futures.”

Throughout the year, Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge combines with neighbouring Thespian Lodge to put on sausage sizzles to raise funds, sharing what they raise to support a variety of local initiatives such as the Beenleigh Special School, Logan and QEII Hospitals.

Photo: A student at Beenleigh Special School tries out one of the new speicalised chairs donated by Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge. 

Find out more about other education initiatives to have benefitted from a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar subsidy.

For many years Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge has raised and donated funds to provide local school students at Noosa and District High School, Cooroy State Primary School and Eumundi State Primary School with bursaries, as their way of giving back to the local community.

Earlier this week Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland and Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge entered into an agreement which will see these bursaries continue in perpetuity.

“Hand Heart Pocket will manage funds of $100,000 in trust and administer the bursary program from 2017 on behalf of the Lodge, through investment returns,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge’s, Rick Templeton said the $100,000 was the result of several years of fundraising and is delighted to see the local school students continue to benefit from their efforts for many years to come.

“We are grateful to Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland for helping the Freemasons of Cooroy and Eumundi maintain a lasting legacy in the region for many more years to come,” Rick said.

Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said he was appreciative to Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge for entrusting the $100,000 with the organisation and allowing it to administer the bursary program which would have a lasting impact on the region.

Photo: Frank Hiscock, Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, Rick Templeton, Robert Carmichael and Des Soley. 

Find out more about how Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, supports Educational initiatives.

 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, was last night awarded Runner Up Boss of the Year at the Executive PA Magazine Awards in Sydney.

Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Benevolence’s aged care and retirement living business, Masonic Care Queensland, Gary was recognised for his role in leading the business turnaround of Masonic Care Queensland over the past 3 years, along with the organisations transition from being predominantly an aged care and retirement living business to the charity known as Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland. 

Recognised for displaying strong leadership and his ability to give clear direction, vision and purpose, Gary earnt the trust of his management team and staff and empowered them to perform to the best of their abilities. 

“He changed the culture of the organisation through regular communication and inclusiveness.  Staff realised they were part of a bigger picture and he took everyone on the journey with him,” said Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire.

“On behalf of the Board of Benevolence I congratulate Gary on this achievement and am pleased that he will continue to play a significant role in the Board’s charitable and benevolent work into the future under Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland,” said Tom.

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland helps.  

United Tradesmen’s Lodge with the support of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland recently hosted the 4th annual Dining in the Dark event in Ipswich raising vital funds for Guide Dogs Queensland.

Close to 130 guests were treated to a two course meal blindfolded, giving them a taste of what it is like to be blind or vision impaired.

Following the meal, guests took part in a sensory exercise with each table given a box of items to solve and the winning table taking home a prize. The live auction and raffles also saw guests take home a range of wonderful prizes.

Lodge Secretary Ian Brown said proceeds from the evening went towards helping to provide Guide Dogs and other mobility and support services to blind and vision impaired children and adults in Queensland.

‘We are grateful to all the businesses and people who supported us on the night,” Ian said.

“We will no doubt be back next year,” he said.

Photo: All blindfolded, guests had to rely on their other senses to get through the two course meal. 

Find out more about how Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, supports Health initiatives.

 

Men living with prostate cancer in the Toowoomba region will no longer have to travel to Brisbane to receive the support they need, after Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland and its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the state, last year pledged $150,000 to fund an initiative of ManUp! that would see a dedicated prostate cancer nurse service the region.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said the donation is expected to fund the program for one year of a three-year term.

“We are delighted to confirm that a formal agreement and the donation of funds has now been finalised with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which will see our support of this ManUp! initiative come to fruition,” Gary said.

“We are proud to have been able to help fund a men’s health initiative that will have a positive impact on those in regional communities,” he said.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, prostate cancer claimed the lives of close to 3,500 men in Australia last year. 

Photo: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s Megan Cairney, ManUp! Founders Brian and Jill Costello and Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark.  

Find out more about the important work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland.  

Launched just days ago, The Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal benefiting the Joyful Foundation Inc. has already seen a steady stream of generous donations come through.

Northgate Remembrance Lodge was the first Lodge to donate more than $1000 to the Appeal, making them the latest recipients of a special Joyful Foundation Inc. medallion given to Lodges or individuals by the Joyful Foundation Inc. when a donation of over $1000 is made.

Joyful Foundation Inc. Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan presented representatives of Northgate Remembrance Lodge with their medallion at the Board of Benevolence Annual General Meeting on Monday night in recognition of their $2500 donation to the Christmas Appeal.

Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said it was encouraging to see Lodges jumping into action and getting behind the Appeal in such a swift manner.

“We are appreciative to Northgate Remembrance Lodge for their generosity and for taking the lead,” Gary said.

“I encourage all Lodges to get behind the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal which we know will have a huge impact on the lives of disadvantaged students in North Queensland helping to provide access to the basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and costs for extra-curricular activities and excursions which they would normally go without.”

“In order to have a bigger impact Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland will support the fundraising efforts of Lodges by matching their donations dollar for dollar with no limits applied,” he said.

A $50,000 target has been set for the Christmas Appeal which is expected to enable Joyful Foundation Inc. to increase their capacity to help disadvantaged children in North Queensland by 50%.

Photo: Joyful Foundation Inc. Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan presents representatives of Northgate Remembrance Lodge with a special Joyful Foundation Inc. medallion for donating $2500 towards the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal.

Find out more or donate to the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal benefiting the Joyful Foundation Inc. 

 

Rockhampton Freemason, Ted Cordell is the sixth Queensland Freemason to receive the prestigious Order of Service to Benevolence Jewel (OSB) in the last few months.

Presented by Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire at the Board’s new Offices in Brisbane, on Monday morning, Tom said the OSB Jewel was awarded to Ted in recognition of his efforts in taking care of the 12 Unit Complex (previously owned by Masonic Care Queensland) at Gracemere, outside of Rockhampton.  

Ted began actively volunteering at the site over 10 years ago dividing his time between maintaining the grounds, coordinating other volunteers, coordinating capital works and tenancy agreements on behalf of Masonic Care Queensland as well as being the local contact for residents. In addition to his duties as a volunteer, Ted has also been the Secretary and Treasurer of the Rockhampton and District Committee since 2006.

Hand Heart Pocket is appreciative to Ted for his dedication and is delighted to hear that he will continue his volunteer duties into the future with the new owners. 

Photo: Rockhampton Freemason, Ted Cordell with Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire shortly after receiving his OSB Jewel. A special morning tea was held to mark the occasion.

 

The 71st Annual General Meeting of Board of Benevolence was held on Monday night with more than 80 Freemasons, stakeholders and members of the general public in attendance.

Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire, was the first to address the meeting, where he spoke about the strong financial results for the 2015/2016 financial year and the organisation’s increase in benevolent and charitable activities over the past 12-months, making a $1.73 million difference to Queenslanders. He also endorsed the recently launched Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal urging guests to donate. To conclude his presentation, he launched the organisation’s Interim Strategic Plan, sharing why it was developed, what it involved and that it would form the base for a longer term plan.

Next to address the meeting was Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, who communicated Masonic Care Queensland’s financial results for the 2015/2016 financial year and how these results were achieved through the turnaround of the business, making it robust and attractive. He also spoke about how the management team of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland plans to deliver on the Interim Strategic Plan, before launching the long awaited keepsake book about Masonic Care Queensland, ‘A legacy built on caring 1925-2016’.

A number of guest speakers from various community and charitable organisations who have been working with Hand Heart Pocket also took to the stage. They included Ron Donnellan and Grace Vigar from the Joyful Foundation Inc., whose organisation will benefit from the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal; Robert Carmichael from Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge whose bursary program for local school students will continue in perpetuity after having recently signed an agreement to allow Hand Heart Pocket to manage funds of $100,000 in trust and administer from 2017 and; Youngcare Connect Manager Shane Jamieson, who spoke about the impact of Hand Heart Pocket’s support to the At Home Care Grants 2016 and the outdoor area at the Wooloowin Share House.  

Board of Benevolence wishes to thank all those who attended the momentous evening and for their ongoing support of the work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland. 

Photo: Board of Benevolence Chairman Tom Wiltshire addresses the crowd at the 71st Annual General Meeting of Board of Benevolence. 

Find out more about the important work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland.  

After obtaining a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar SubsidyLogan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge recently donated three specialised chairs to Beenleigh Special School, which will allow students with multiple disabilities to sit securely whilst participating in the classroom.

Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge Secretary, Ken Rose, said that the Lodge was committed to making a difference locally and hopes to do more for the school in the future.

“I am also a member of Redlands Lodge which has done a lot for special schools in their local area. Having seen firsthand the impact it can have, we were inspired to do something for the special school in Beenleigh too,” Ken said.

Beenleigh Special School, Physiotherapist, Jessica Bentley said these chairs would make a huge difference to the students’ learning outcomes, many of whom find it difficult to sit upright whilst at their desks.

“The specialised chairs are adjustable to facilitate the students’ growing needs and will be able to be shared between many students, for many years to come,” Jessica said.

“We sincerely thank Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge for partnering with the Special School, and investing in our students’ futures.”

Throughout the year, Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge combines with neighbouring Thespian Lodge to put on sausage sizzles to raise funds, sharing what they raise to support a variety of local initiatives such as the Beenleigh Special School, Logan and QEII Hospitals.

Photo: A student at Beenleigh Special School tries out one of the new speicalised chairs donated by Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge. 

Find out more about other education initiatives to have benefitted from a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar subsidy.

For many years Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge has raised and donated funds to provide local school students at Noosa and District High School, Cooroy State Primary School and Eumundi State Primary School with bursaries, as their way of giving back to the local community.

Earlier this week Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland and Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge entered into an agreement which will see these bursaries continue in perpetuity.

“Hand Heart Pocket will manage funds of $100,000 in trust and administer the bursary program from 2017 on behalf of the Lodge, through investment returns,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge’s, Rick Templeton said the $100,000 was the result of several years of fundraising and is delighted to see the local school students continue to benefit from their efforts for many years to come.

“We are grateful to Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland for helping the Freemasons of Cooroy and Eumundi maintain a lasting legacy in the region for many more years to come,” Rick said.

Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said he was appreciative to Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge for entrusting the $100,000 with the organisation and allowing it to administer the bursary program which would have a lasting impact on the region.

Photo: Frank Hiscock, Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, Rick Templeton, Robert Carmichael and Des Soley. 

Find out more about how Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, supports Educational initiatives.

 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, was last night awarded Runner Up Boss of the Year at the Executive PA Magazine Awards in Sydney.

Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Benevolence’s aged care and retirement living business, Masonic Care Queensland, Gary was recognised for his role in leading the business turnaround of Masonic Care Queensland over the past 3 years, along with the organisations transition from being predominantly an aged care and retirement living business to the charity known as Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland. 

Recognised for displaying strong leadership and his ability to give clear direction, vision and purpose, Gary earnt the trust of his management team and staff and empowered them to perform to the best of their abilities. 

“He changed the culture of the organisation through regular communication and inclusiveness.  Staff realised they were part of a bigger picture and he took everyone on the journey with him,” said Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire.

“On behalf of the Board of Benevolence I congratulate Gary on this achievement and am pleased that he will continue to play a significant role in the Board’s charitable and benevolent work into the future under Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland,” said Tom.

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland helps.  

United Tradesmen’s Lodge with the support of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland recently hosted the 4th annual Dining in the Dark event in Ipswich raising vital funds for Guide Dogs Queensland.

Close to 130 guests were treated to a two course meal blindfolded, giving them a taste of what it is like to be blind or vision impaired.

Following the meal, guests took part in a sensory exercise with each table given a box of items to solve and the winning table taking home a prize. The live auction and raffles also saw guests take home a range of wonderful prizes.

Lodge Secretary Ian Brown said proceeds from the evening went towards helping to provide Guide Dogs and other mobility and support services to blind and vision impaired children and adults in Queensland.

‘We are grateful to all the businesses and people who supported us on the night,” Ian said.

“We will no doubt be back next year,” he said.

Photo: All blindfolded, guests had to rely on their other senses to get through the two course meal. 

Find out more about how Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, supports Health initiatives.