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Mooloolah Lodge, in conjunction with a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated over $2500 to the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) in Caloundra.

The funds were used to purchase a LAERDAL Resusci Baby with QCPR – a lifelike manikin of an infant which transmits real-time information to a computer to help paramedics hone their CPR skills. 

Lodge Secretary Doug Wells said the Lodge was proud to fund such an innovative piece of equipment that will directly benefit the Sunshine Coast community.

“When responding to an emergency every second counts, so supporting our paramedics and making sure they have the latest training equipment is vital,” Doug said. 

“Technology has come such a long way. This device will give our paramedics real-time feedback as to how well they’ve administered CPR to the infant manikin, helping them to improve their technique and ultimately save lives when they are faced with a real emergency in our community,” Doug said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said that he was appreciative to Mooloolah Lodge for thinking outside the box when giving back to the local community.

“Mooloolah Lodge has done some wonderful things for the community on the Sunshine Coast over the years. Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland is delighted to have been able to support them with this important live-saving initiative,” he said.

Photo: Representatives from the Queensland Ambulance Service at Caloundra Michael Metcalfe and Toni Careless (carrying the new Resusci Baby) with Mooloolah Lodge’s Norrie Morris (centre). This is the third year Mooloolah Lodge has donated Laerdal equipment to the QAS at Caloundra.

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

In addition to securing a Dollar for Dollar subsidy through Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, Mt Pleasant Lodge’s yearlong fundraising efforts from 2016 have culminated in a donation of close to $8500 being made to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland (SBH Queensland).

Lodge Secretary, Trevor Green said the funds will allow SBH Queensland to purchase a range of specialised equipment such as a mobility aid, physiotherapy equipment and portable potty toilet seats (not subsidised by the government) to improve the lives of children living with Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus.

“The Lodge was compelled to support the work of SBH Queensland after hearing firsthand the challenges these families face,” Trevor said.

“We understand that the organisation will look to loan this new equipment to families on a temporary basis.”

“If through our fundraising efforts we can make a difference for these children and their families then we have accomplished what we set out to do,” Trevor said.

According to data from the Department of Health, each year roughly 150 babies are born with Spina Bifida in Australia.

Both Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus are lifelong conditions. The effects of Spina Bifida can include difficulty with coordination, mobility, muscle control, learning and even paralysis. While the effects of Hydrocephalus include drowsiness, headaches, neck pain, blurred vision and incontinence to name a few.

Photo: One of the many fundraisers held during 2016 to raise the funds donated to Spina Bifida Queensland.

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

 

With Christmas just over a week away, Freemasons across Queensland are being urged to keep the momentum going in support of the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal to ensure it exceeds its fundraising target of $50,000 for disadvantaged students.

Launched on November 1, over $45,000 has already been raised including the Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar Subsidy.

Funds raised through the Appeal will benefit the Joyful Foundation Inc., a Townsville based Masonic initiative which supports disadvantaged primary school students in North Queensland to reach their full potential –  providing access to basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and costs for extra-curricular activities and excursions which they might normally go without.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland Chairman, Tom Wiltshire, said considering the current economic situation in North Queensland, every extra dollar raised will make a difference.  

 “The people of North Queensland are really hurting at the moment and we have a unique opportunity to support a Masonic initiative that is making a difference locally,” Tom said.

“No child should dread going to school because their family cannot afford new books, uniforms or basic equipment to learn,” he said.  

“I urge Masonic Lodges to continue raising funds for the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal over the festive period and help ensure 2017 gets off to a good start for these students. All donations made by Lodges will be matched dollar for dollar, with no limits to be applied,” Tom said.

Similarly, Joyful Foundation Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan said he was blown away by the support and is quietly confident more funds will continue to come in over Christmas.

“Currently, the Joyful Foundation is active in 44 primary schools in North Queensland. Many of the students we support come from hardworking families and may not receive government assistance,” Ron said.

“If we reach the $50,000 target set for the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal, that will enable us to increase our capacity to help disadvantaged students in the region by 50%. Exceeding that target will allow us to do even more, so I urge Masonic Lodges throughout Queensland to dig deep.”

“Thank you to all those who have supported the Joyful Foundation through the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal. You are helping change the course North Queensland by investing in its future,” he said.

The Joyful Foundation was set up in memory of Ron’s late Daughter, Joy Donnellan, a Townsville Teacher, Guidance Officer and registered Psychologist who believed every student had potential regardless of their financial situation at home.

Help us exceed our target of $50,000 for disadvantaged students by donating today! 

The Queensland Lodge in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated $5000 to the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence.

The donation which included a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar Subsidy, will allow the Manager of the Shelter to purchase essential items for the women when they first arrive.

Lodge representative Ian De Villiers said hearing that many of these women and their children turn up with just the clothes on their backs and often with very little funds was heart-breaking.

“The Queensland Lodge is immensely proud to be able to support a local organisation that empowers women to rebuild their lives,” Ian said.

“We would especially like to thank Ipswich businesses for their on-going support and for enabling us to support such a worthy cause that is changing lives,” Ian said.   

Last year 64 women and 90 children stayed at the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence. Their average stay was 34 nights.

Photo: Catherine Johns from the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence with Ian De Villiers from the Queensland Lodge.

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket supports.

A palliative care support group that provides a range of services to help keep elderly and terminally ill patients in Logan and Beaudesert comfortable has been given a financial boost.

Southern Queensland Lodge, having secured a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy through Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated $3000 to Palliative Aid for Logan Services Inc. (PALS).

Lodge Secretary Wayne Bell said the donation, in the first instance, will allow PALS to hire and provide a range of essential equipment such as shower chairs, special support mattresses, walking aids and wheel chairs for elderly or terminally ill patients aged over 50 receiving care at home, in hospital or in a nursing home.

PALS will also be able to help pay a portion of patients’ utility bills, costs for transport to the hospital and medication where required.

“Southern Queensland Lodge’s support of PALS dates back many years,” Wayne said.

“Giving back to the community is what Freemasonry is all about so we’re very happy to assist a local organisation that is run completely by volunteers – and punching above their weight might I add.”

“We can only imagine how tough it must be to receive a terminal diagnosis and how helpless families must feel, so we are prepared to do all we can for PALS who are striving to alleviate the load on these families,” he said.

Photo: Southern Queensland Lodge's Keith Mallitt with Dorothy Murphy from Palliative Aid for Logan Services Inc. (PALS). 

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket supports.

As boaties and holidays-makers take to the seas over the Summer, Volunteer Marine Rescue groups around the State will be ready to lend a hand. 

The North Stradbroke Island Volunteer Marine Rescue received a generous donation from the local Myora Masonic Lodge earlier this year.

With the support of Hand Heart Pocket, Myora Lodge contributed towards the installation of a new purpose-built cabinet to house the squadron’s base radio equipment. 

Lodge Secretary Roger Brady said they were proud to assist a local organisation that works tirelessly to keep people safe and are sometimes the first to respond in times of crisis out on the water. 

Photo: President of the North Stradbroke Island Volunteer Marine Rescue, Gordon McInnes and Myora Lodge Secretary Roger Brady. 

Find out more about other disaster relief initiatives to have benefited from a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar subsidy.

 

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.  

In addition to securing a Dollar for Dollar subsidy through Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, Mt Pleasant Lodge’s yearlong fundraising efforts from 2016 have culminated in a donation of close to $8500 being made to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland (SBH Queensland).

Lodge Secretary, Trevor Green said the funds will allow SBH Queensland to purchase a range of specialised equipment such as a mobility aid, physiotherapy equipment and portable potty toilet seats (not subsidised by the government) to improve the lives of children living with Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus.

“The Lodge was compelled to support the work of SBH Queensland after hearing firsthand the challenges these families face,” Trevor said.

“We understand that the organisation will look to loan this new equipment to families on a temporary basis.”

“If through our fundraising efforts we can make a difference for these children and their families then we have accomplished what we set out to do,” Trevor said.

According to data from the Department of Health, each year roughly 150 babies are born with Spina Bifida in Australia.

Both Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus are lifelong conditions. The effects of Spina Bifida can include difficulty with coordination, mobility, muscle control, learning and even paralysis. While the effects of Hydrocephalus include drowsiness, headaches, neck pain, blurred vision and incontinence to name a few.

Photo: One of the many fundraisers held during 2016 to raise the funds donated to Spina Bifida Queensland.

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

 

With Christmas just over a week away, Freemasons across Queensland are being urged to keep the momentum going in support of the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal to ensure it exceeds its fundraising target of $50,000 for disadvantaged students.

Launched on November 1, over $45,000 has already been raised including the Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar Subsidy.

Funds raised through the Appeal will benefit the Joyful Foundation Inc., a Townsville based Masonic initiative which supports disadvantaged primary school students in North Queensland to reach their full potential –  providing access to basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and costs for extra-curricular activities and excursions which they might normally go without.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland Chairman, Tom Wiltshire, said considering the current economic situation in North Queensland, every extra dollar raised will make a difference.  

 “The people of North Queensland are really hurting at the moment and we have a unique opportunity to support a Masonic initiative that is making a difference locally,” Tom said.

“No child should dread going to school because their family cannot afford new books, uniforms or basic equipment to learn,” he said.  

“I urge Masonic Lodges to continue raising funds for the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal over the festive period and help ensure 2017 gets off to a good start for these students. All donations made by Lodges will be matched dollar for dollar, with no limits to be applied,” Tom said.

Similarly, Joyful Foundation Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan said he was blown away by the support and is quietly confident more funds will continue to come in over Christmas.

“Currently, the Joyful Foundation is active in 44 primary schools in North Queensland. Many of the students we support come from hardworking families and may not receive government assistance,” Ron said.

“If we reach the $50,000 target set for the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal, that will enable us to increase our capacity to help disadvantaged students in the region by 50%. Exceeding that target will allow us to do even more, so I urge Masonic Lodges throughout Queensland to dig deep.”

“Thank you to all those who have supported the Joyful Foundation through the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal. You are helping change the course North Queensland by investing in its future,” he said.

The Joyful Foundation was set up in memory of Ron’s late Daughter, Joy Donnellan, a Townsville Teacher, Guidance Officer and registered Psychologist who believed every student had potential regardless of their financial situation at home.

Help us exceed our target of $50,000 for disadvantaged students by donating today! 

The Queensland Lodge in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated $5000 to the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence.

The donation which included a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar Subsidy, will allow the Manager of the Shelter to purchase essential items for the women when they first arrive.

Lodge representative Ian De Villiers said hearing that many of these women and their children turn up with just the clothes on their backs and often with very little funds was heart-breaking.

“The Queensland Lodge is immensely proud to be able to support a local organisation that empowers women to rebuild their lives,” Ian said.

“We would especially like to thank Ipswich businesses for their on-going support and for enabling us to support such a worthy cause that is changing lives,” Ian said.   

Last year 64 women and 90 children stayed at the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence. Their average stay was 34 nights.

Photo: Catherine Johns from the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence with Ian De Villiers from the Queensland Lodge.

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket supports.

A palliative care support group that provides a range of services to help keep elderly and terminally ill patients in Logan and Beaudesert comfortable has been given a financial boost.

Southern Queensland Lodge, having secured a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy through Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated $3000 to Palliative Aid for Logan Services Inc. (PALS).

Lodge Secretary Wayne Bell said the donation, in the first instance, will allow PALS to hire and provide a range of essential equipment such as shower chairs, special support mattresses, walking aids and wheel chairs for elderly or terminally ill patients aged over 50 receiving care at home, in hospital or in a nursing home.

PALS will also be able to help pay a portion of patients’ utility bills, costs for transport to the hospital and medication where required.

“Southern Queensland Lodge’s support of PALS dates back many years,” Wayne said.

“Giving back to the community is what Freemasonry is all about so we’re very happy to assist a local organisation that is run completely by volunteers – and punching above their weight might I add.”

“We can only imagine how tough it must be to receive a terminal diagnosis and how helpless families must feel, so we are prepared to do all we can for PALS who are striving to alleviate the load on these families,” he said.

Photo: Southern Queensland Lodge's Keith Mallitt with Dorothy Murphy from Palliative Aid for Logan Services Inc. (PALS). 

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket supports.

As boaties and holidays-makers take to the seas over the Summer, Volunteer Marine Rescue groups around the State will be ready to lend a hand. 

The North Stradbroke Island Volunteer Marine Rescue received a generous donation from the local Myora Masonic Lodge earlier this year.

With the support of Hand Heart Pocket, Myora Lodge contributed towards the installation of a new purpose-built cabinet to house the squadron’s base radio equipment. 

Lodge Secretary Roger Brady said they were proud to assist a local organisation that works tirelessly to keep people safe and are sometimes the first to respond in times of crisis out on the water. 

Photo: President of the North Stradbroke Island Volunteer Marine Rescue, Gordon McInnes and Myora Lodge Secretary Roger Brady. 

Find out more about other disaster relief initiatives to have benefited from a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar subsidy.

 

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.

Members are invited to our ‘Year in Review’ event where we will outline our achievements over the past year and hear from some of our charity partners.

When: Monday November 4, 2019
            5.15pm (for a 6pm start)

Where: Brisbane Airport Conference Centre
             2 Dryandra Road, Brisbane Q 4008

Places are limited. Subsidised transport will be available from Gympie, Cooroy, Maroochydore, Caboolture, Toowoomba and Ipswich. 

To express your interest in attending, please email info@handheartpocket.org.au by Thursday 24th October 2019.