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The Royal Flying Doctor Service in Far North Queensland will take to the skies with $10,800 worth of new medical equipment donated by Murray Masonic Lodge, with the help of members of the District of Carpentaria and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Murray Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master Alan Sims said rural and remote communities are heavily reliant on this service for their primary healthcare as well as in times of a medical emergency.

“Whether it’s a checkup or an emergency evacuation, you know you’re in good hands when the RFDS is involved,” Alan said.

“Fifteen years ago, my grandson was transported to Brisbane in a critical condition. Then in September last year, my son Greg was medevaced from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the intensive care unit at the Cairns Base Hospital. So our family as well as many remote families know full well the life-saving role that the RFDS plays in our community,” he said.

Last financial year, the four aircraft at the Cairns base collectively covered over 989,000 km.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said that by partnering with Murray Masonic Lodge they were able to increase the impact of their charity work at a grassroots level.

“This is about giving the RFDS a hand up, to empower them to continue providing essential services that alleviate suffering – something which they’ve been doing for over 90 years,” Gary said.

Photo: President District Board of Benevolence Robert Lackey (second from left), Carpentaria District Grand Master Henry Condon (fourth from left), Murray Lodge representative Alan Sims (second from right) and the team at the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Cairns.

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The local Meals on Wheels in Mareeba has been served up a new meat slicer by Granite Masonic Lodge.

With the help of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, the Mareeba Freemasons donated $1,353 for the new piece of equipment to be purchased.

Lodge representative Roy Blakeney said they were thrilled to make the donation.

“A new meat slicer will allow time to be shaved off food preparation, pardon the pun,” he said.

“It’s great that our donation will give Meals on Wheels volunteers time to do other important jobs like drop off the food and have a chat to the people they deliver to.”

“Meals on Wheels is a charity that so many people in the region rely on, so we thought it was important to support them,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Granite Masonic Lodge took the lead with this initiative which aligns with one of the organisation’s strategic focuses to support our ageing population.

“It’s fantastic that the local Freemasons want to help an organisation that gives a hand up to isolated members in the community, which is why Hand Heart Pocket was quick to assist with a Dollar for Dollar Grassroots Grant to increase their total donation to Meals on Wheels,” Gary said.

Photo: Granite Masonic Lodge representatives Roy Blakeney (third from right) and Kevin Clarke (first from right) with Mareeba Meals on Wheels volunteers and cook Leanne Wallace (centre). 

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Celebrations to mark 21 years of empowering people with disabilities on the Sunshine Coast to experience freedom on the water, were capped off with the launch of Freemason II.

The $11,963 specialised access dinghy donated by Maroochydore Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland was unveiled by the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson at a special event this morning.

Maroochydore Masonic Lodge representative Doug McGill said it was a proud moment for the Lodge. 

“What a fantastic way to celebrate this milestone with Sailability Sunshine Coast,” Doug said.

“Today, the organisation takes over 80 disabled locals out onto the Mooloolah River each week. In addition, Sailability is currently assisting five sailors with disabilities to train for the sailing section of the Special Olympics, where they will be sailing single handed, or with a helper, depending on their level of ability.”

“It’s very rewarding to know that we’ll be helping to improve their clients’ quality of life,” he said.

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

“Ensuring people with disabilities are able to join in on activities that lift their spirits and enhance their overall wellbeing aligns with our values which are about empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

“Through our combined efforts a bigger impact could be made at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson, Member for Maroochydore and Sailability Sunshine Coast Patron Fiona Simpson and Sailability Sunshine Coast President Ralph Knight.

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People living with kidney disease on the Sunshine Coast will be the ones to benefit from the generosity of the local Freemasons, who recently donated $1,591 to the Kidney Support Network (KSN) in Currimundi.

Landsborough Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland enabled the purchase of a new touchscreen desktop computer, to help streamline the Kidney Support Network’s Patient Transport service.

Landsborough Masonic Lodge Secretary Rick Joyce said having one central place where drivers’ daily timesheets could be logged, would make it easier to manage bookings.

“With a team of 35 volunteer drivers helping to transport renal patients to and from their appointments across five hospitals, the Kidney Support Network is providing a valuable service to the Sunshine Coast Community,” Rick said.

On average each of the three vehicles cover between 26,000 – 30,000 km a year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said they were ready to support this initiative, to contribute to the organisation’s ongoing sustainability.

“Through our grassroots grant program, we were able to work with Landsborough Masonic Lodge who identified a real need in their community and maximise their support at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: The Kidney Support Network’s Sunshine Coast Co-ordinator Kathy Rayner alongside Landsborough Masonic Lodge’s Alan Holdsworth.

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More children with disabilities in Brisbane will get the chance to enjoy a weekend away thanks to the Freemasons.

BestLife Foundation’s sleepover program has received a $4,000 boost from Dunellan Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, to give up to ten children with disabilities the opportunity to have an away-from-home experience, where they can form new friendships and learn important life-skills whilst having fun.

Dunellan Masonic Lodge representative Colin Clapper said this was the second time that they had supported BestLife Foundation, having donated $1,200 with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the year before.

“This program enhances the quality of life for so many young girls and boys,” Colin said.

“We just had to get behind the initiative again so that more children could be part of this unique experience,” he said.

Taking place in a purpose-built house at MacKenzie Special School, BestLife Foundation’s sleepover program is conducted by qualified professionals, with a growing number of families benefiting from the program each year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said his organisation works with Masonic Lodges to support charities that are making a tangible difference in the community.

“Education initiatives that empower children with disabilities to lead more independent lives aligns with our long-term charitable intent,” Gary said.

“Through our grassroots grants program, we’ve been able to maximise the impact of Dunellan Masonic Lodge’s charity work at a local level,” he said.

Photo: Members of Dunellan Masonic Lodge handed over a cheque for $4,000 to BestLife Foundation.

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Patients and visitors needing assistance to make their way around Mackay Base Hospital have received a helping hand from the local Freemasons.

Hamilton Calen Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated two new wheelchairs towards the Hospital’s resources. These will be stationed at the Information Desk for patients and visitors to use within the Hospital.

Valley Freemason and Hospital volunteer David Willans said responding to community need is part of what it means to be a Freemason.

“We Freemasons like to provide practical support. The 182,000 strong population of our region rely on this hospital. It’s our pleasure to have helped the Mackay Hospital Foundation to purchase this essential equipment – we know it will be put to good use,” David said.

“The Information Desk is manned by a team of volunteers who also look after the booking of the wheelchairs each day.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said helping those with limited mobility to maintain their independence resonated with the organisation’s values.

“Our work revolves around empowering people to lead more independent lives,” Gary said.

“Together, Hamilton Calen Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket have been able to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Valley Freemason and Hospital volunteer David Willans, Mackay Hospital Foundation General Manager T'aire Olsen and Hamilton Calen Masonic Lodge representative Rob Roles.

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Senior students at Hervey Bay Special School have been showing off their barista skills after the local Freemasons and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated a new coffee machine for their training coffee shop. 

Hervey Bay Daylight Masonic Lodge Secretary David Hall said they were thrilled to support the school with this venture so that students could develop important life-skills.

“The old tuckshop has been converted into a new training coffee shop, which is open to the public every Friday. The coffee machine they were using could only make one coffee at a time, so this made things more practical,” David said.

“Senior students are learning how to work as a team, to run their own business, from buying stock, to making lovely cakes and slices. Making all sorts of Barista style coffees and teas and at the end of the day counting the money and balancing the books,” he said.

“As these children graduate and leave school they will be employable in the hospitality industry. Some may even go on to complete apprenticeships and become skilled chefs.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said educational initiatives that empower students with disabilities to lead more independent lives was one of their key focus areas.

“Having important life-skills will in the long-term empower these young people to be in control of their future and to lead better lives,” Gary said.   

“Together, Hervey Bay Daylight Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket have been able to make a bigger impact at a grassroots level,” he said.

Hervey Bay Special School has 110 students in attendance from preschool to Year 12.

Photo: A student at Hervey Bay Special School tests the new coffee machine donated by the local Freemasons.

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Patients undergoing treatment at the Haematology Department of the North Lakes Medical Precinct, will be among those to benefit from a new piece of equipment donated by the local Freemasons.

Northgate Remembrance Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated $5,000 to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation, to help with efforts to purchase a vein finder machine.

Northgate Remembrance Lodge Master Kevin Parker said they were proud to help enhance patient care at the Hospital.

“Patients from across the region are referred to this Department each year. It’s also where I was treated, when I was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015,” Kevin said.

“This new machine will make things easier for nursing staff and reduce discomfort for patients,” he said.

“It’s a nice feeling knowing that this donation will help others who are in a similar situation to the one I was in. It was an honour to present the $5,000 cheque.”

Kevin’s journey began after a small bump, about half the size of a marble appeared on the right side of his face, on his cheek. He was given a good report after 6 rounds of chemo at the RBWH and at North Lakes Hospital. He now goes back every three months for check-ups.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the sentiment behind the donation aligned with their values which include, alleviating suffering to empower people to lead better lives.

“Enhancing patient care to make their hospital stay more comfortable, is indeed a worthwhile initiative. Supporting men’s health is also one of the focuses of our charity.”

“We were only too happy to match the efforts of Northgate Remembrance Lodge, to enable a greater impact to be made at a grassroots level,” Gary said.

Photo: Northgate Remembrance Lodge representative Kevin Parker alongside hospital staff.

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Vulnerable children and their families receiving expert support at the Act for Kids Family Intervention Centre in Maryborough have benefited from the generosity of the local Freemasons.

Star of the East Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $1,572 for an electric urn, coffee machine and blinds which will help to provide a safe and comfortable environment.

Star of the East Masonic Lodge Secretary Russell Darcy said taking an interest in the needs of the community is part of what it means to be a Freemason.

“There is nothing more important than keeping our children safe, so we decided to support Act for Kids for all that they do for vulnerable children and their families in Maryborough,” Russell said.

Last year alone Act for Kids Maryborough helped over 100 families.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said supporting an organisation that helps vulnerable children, and their families align with the organisation’s values which revolve around empowering people to lead better lives.

“We work with local Masonic Lodges to see how we can provide sustainable support to other charities that deliver positive outcomes for the community,” Gary said.

“This initiative, which was identified by Star of the East Masonic Lodge, will contribute to the ongoing sustainability of this important local service.”

Photo: Act for Kids Maryborough’s Katherine Hodges alongside Star of the East Masonic Lodge representative Russell Darcy.

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Residents at Karingal Nursing Home in Dalby have been empowered to maintain their independence, after the local Freemasons donated two specialised mattresses.

Dalby United Masonic Lodge together with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated the mattresses which will help to reduce residents’ chances of getting pressure sores.

Dalby United Lodge Secretary David Wheelehen said improving the quality of life of elderly residents was the intent behind the donation.

“We’ve developed a great relationship with the nursing home and are keen to provide a helping hand where-ever we can,” David said.

“These mattresses will help to enhance residents’ overall well-being, so that they can continue to enjoy their older years,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said by working together the Lodge’s impact could be maximised at a grassroots level.

“Empowering people to lead better lives is what we stand for – so this initiative was the perfect fit,” Gary said.

“Similarly, funding for an ageing population is one of the key areas we’re supporting as part of our long-term strategy.”

“So, I thank the local Freemasons for bringing the worthy cause to our attention,” he said.

Photo: Members of Dalby United Lodge Peter Horn (second from left), Brian Towers and David Wheelehen, Clinical Nurse Consultant Mickie Namour and nursing home residents.

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The local Meals on Wheels in Mareeba has been served up a new meat slicer by Granite Masonic Lodge.

With the help of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, the Mareeba Freemasons donated $1,353 for the new piece of equipment to be purchased.

Lodge representative Roy Blakeney said they were thrilled to make the donation.

“A new meat slicer will allow time to be shaved off food preparation, pardon the pun,” he said.

“It’s great that our donation will give Meals on Wheels volunteers time to do other important jobs like drop off the food and have a chat to the people they deliver to.”

“Meals on Wheels is a charity that so many people in the region rely on, so we thought it was important to support them,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Granite Masonic Lodge took the lead with this initiative which aligns with one of the organisation’s strategic focuses to support our ageing population.

“It’s fantastic that the local Freemasons want to help an organisation that gives a hand up to isolated members in the community, which is why Hand Heart Pocket was quick to assist with a Dollar for Dollar Grassroots Grant to increase their total donation to Meals on Wheels,” Gary said.

Photo: Granite Masonic Lodge representatives Roy Blakeney (third from right) and Kevin Clarke (first from right) with Mareeba Meals on Wheels volunteers and cook Leanne Wallace (centre). 

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Celebrations to mark 21 years of empowering people with disabilities on the Sunshine Coast to experience freedom on the water, were capped off with the launch of Freemason II.

The $11,963 specialised access dinghy donated by Maroochydore Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland was unveiled by the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson at a special event this morning.

Maroochydore Masonic Lodge representative Doug McGill said it was a proud moment for the Lodge. 

“What a fantastic way to celebrate this milestone with Sailability Sunshine Coast,” Doug said.

“Today, the organisation takes over 80 disabled locals out onto the Mooloolah River each week. In addition, Sailability is currently assisting five sailors with disabilities to train for the sailing section of the Special Olympics, where they will be sailing single handed, or with a helper, depending on their level of ability.”

“It’s very rewarding to know that we’ll be helping to improve their clients’ quality of life,” he said.

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

“Ensuring people with disabilities are able to join in on activities that lift their spirits and enhance their overall wellbeing aligns with our values which are about empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

“Through our combined efforts a bigger impact could be made at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson, Member for Maroochydore and Sailability Sunshine Coast Patron Fiona Simpson and Sailability Sunshine Coast President Ralph Knight.

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People living with kidney disease on the Sunshine Coast will be the ones to benefit from the generosity of the local Freemasons, who recently donated $1,591 to the Kidney Support Network (KSN) in Currimundi.

Landsborough Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland enabled the purchase of a new touchscreen desktop computer, to help streamline the Kidney Support Network’s Patient Transport service.

Landsborough Masonic Lodge Secretary Rick Joyce said having one central place where drivers’ daily timesheets could be logged, would make it easier to manage bookings.

“With a team of 35 volunteer drivers helping to transport renal patients to and from their appointments across five hospitals, the Kidney Support Network is providing a valuable service to the Sunshine Coast Community,” Rick said.

On average each of the three vehicles cover between 26,000 – 30,000 km a year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said they were ready to support this initiative, to contribute to the organisation’s ongoing sustainability.

“Through our grassroots grant program, we were able to work with Landsborough Masonic Lodge who identified a real need in their community and maximise their support at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: The Kidney Support Network’s Sunshine Coast Co-ordinator Kathy Rayner alongside Landsborough Masonic Lodge’s Alan Holdsworth.

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More children with disabilities in Brisbane will get the chance to enjoy a weekend away thanks to the Freemasons.

BestLife Foundation’s sleepover program has received a $4,000 boost from Dunellan Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, to give up to ten children with disabilities the opportunity to have an away-from-home experience, where they can form new friendships and learn important life-skills whilst having fun.

Dunellan Masonic Lodge representative Colin Clapper said this was the second time that they had supported BestLife Foundation, having donated $1,200 with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the year before.

“This program enhances the quality of life for so many young girls and boys,” Colin said.

“We just had to get behind the initiative again so that more children could be part of this unique experience,” he said.

Taking place in a purpose-built house at MacKenzie Special School, BestLife Foundation’s sleepover program is conducted by qualified professionals, with a growing number of families benefiting from the program each year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said his organisation works with Masonic Lodges to support charities that are making a tangible difference in the community.

“Education initiatives that empower children with disabilities to lead more independent lives aligns with our long-term charitable intent,” Gary said.

“Through our grassroots grants program, we’ve been able to maximise the impact of Dunellan Masonic Lodge’s charity work at a local level,” he said.

Photo: Members of Dunellan Masonic Lodge handed over a cheque for $4,000 to BestLife Foundation.

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Patients and visitors needing assistance to make their way around Mackay Base Hospital have received a helping hand from the local Freemasons.

Hamilton Calen Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated two new wheelchairs towards the Hospital’s resources. These will be stationed at the Information Desk for patients and visitors to use within the Hospital.

Valley Freemason and Hospital volunteer David Willans said responding to community need is part of what it means to be a Freemason.

“We Freemasons like to provide practical support. The 182,000 strong population of our region rely on this hospital. It’s our pleasure to have helped the Mackay Hospital Foundation to purchase this essential equipment – we know it will be put to good use,” David said.

“The Information Desk is manned by a team of volunteers who also look after the booking of the wheelchairs each day.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said helping those with limited mobility to maintain their independence resonated with the organisation’s values.

“Our work revolves around empowering people to lead more independent lives,” Gary said.

“Together, Hamilton Calen Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket have been able to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Valley Freemason and Hospital volunteer David Willans, Mackay Hospital Foundation General Manager T'aire Olsen and Hamilton Calen Masonic Lodge representative Rob Roles.

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Senior students at Hervey Bay Special School have been showing off their barista skills after the local Freemasons and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated a new coffee machine for their training coffee shop. 

Hervey Bay Daylight Masonic Lodge Secretary David Hall said they were thrilled to support the school with this venture so that students could develop important life-skills.

“The old tuckshop has been converted into a new training coffee shop, which is open to the public every Friday. The coffee machine they were using could only make one coffee at a time, so this made things more practical,” David said.

“Senior students are learning how to work as a team, to run their own business, from buying stock, to making lovely cakes and slices. Making all sorts of Barista style coffees and teas and at the end of the day counting the money and balancing the books,” he said.

“As these children graduate and leave school they will be employable in the hospitality industry. Some may even go on to complete apprenticeships and become skilled chefs.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said educational initiatives that empower students with disabilities to lead more independent lives was one of their key focus areas.

“Having important life-skills will in the long-term empower these young people to be in control of their future and to lead better lives,” Gary said.   

“Together, Hervey Bay Daylight Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket have been able to make a bigger impact at a grassroots level,” he said.

Hervey Bay Special School has 110 students in attendance from preschool to Year 12.

Photo: A student at Hervey Bay Special School tests the new coffee machine donated by the local Freemasons.

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Patients undergoing treatment at the Haematology Department of the North Lakes Medical Precinct, will be among those to benefit from a new piece of equipment donated by the local Freemasons.

Northgate Remembrance Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated $5,000 to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation, to help with efforts to purchase a vein finder machine.

Northgate Remembrance Lodge Master Kevin Parker said they were proud to help enhance patient care at the Hospital.

“Patients from across the region are referred to this Department each year. It’s also where I was treated, when I was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015,” Kevin said.

“This new machine will make things easier for nursing staff and reduce discomfort for patients,” he said.

“It’s a nice feeling knowing that this donation will help others who are in a similar situation to the one I was in. It was an honour to present the $5,000 cheque.”

Kevin’s journey began after a small bump, about half the size of a marble appeared on the right side of his face, on his cheek. He was given a good report after 6 rounds of chemo at the RBWH and at North Lakes Hospital. He now goes back every three months for check-ups.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the sentiment behind the donation aligned with their values which include, alleviating suffering to empower people to lead better lives.

“Enhancing patient care to make their hospital stay more comfortable, is indeed a worthwhile initiative. Supporting men’s health is also one of the focuses of our charity.”

“We were only too happy to match the efforts of Northgate Remembrance Lodge, to enable a greater impact to be made at a grassroots level,” Gary said.

Photo: Northgate Remembrance Lodge representative Kevin Parker alongside hospital staff.

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Vulnerable children and their families receiving expert support at the Act for Kids Family Intervention Centre in Maryborough have benefited from the generosity of the local Freemasons.

Star of the East Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $1,572 for an electric urn, coffee machine and blinds which will help to provide a safe and comfortable environment.

Star of the East Masonic Lodge Secretary Russell Darcy said taking an interest in the needs of the community is part of what it means to be a Freemason.

“There is nothing more important than keeping our children safe, so we decided to support Act for Kids for all that they do for vulnerable children and their families in Maryborough,” Russell said.

Last year alone Act for Kids Maryborough helped over 100 families.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said supporting an organisation that helps vulnerable children, and their families align with the organisation’s values which revolve around empowering people to lead better lives.

“We work with local Masonic Lodges to see how we can provide sustainable support to other charities that deliver positive outcomes for the community,” Gary said.

“This initiative, which was identified by Star of the East Masonic Lodge, will contribute to the ongoing sustainability of this important local service.”

Photo: Act for Kids Maryborough’s Katherine Hodges alongside Star of the East Masonic Lodge representative Russell Darcy.

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Residents at Karingal Nursing Home in Dalby have been empowered to maintain their independence, after the local Freemasons donated two specialised mattresses.

Dalby United Masonic Lodge together with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated the mattresses which will help to reduce residents’ chances of getting pressure sores.

Dalby United Lodge Secretary David Wheelehen said improving the quality of life of elderly residents was the intent behind the donation.

“We’ve developed a great relationship with the nursing home and are keen to provide a helping hand where-ever we can,” David said.

“These mattresses will help to enhance residents’ overall well-being, so that they can continue to enjoy their older years,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said by working together the Lodge’s impact could be maximised at a grassroots level.

“Empowering people to lead better lives is what we stand for – so this initiative was the perfect fit,” Gary said.

“Similarly, funding for an ageing population is one of the key areas we’re supporting as part of our long-term strategy.”

“So, I thank the local Freemasons for bringing the worthy cause to our attention,” he said.

Photo: Members of Dalby United Lodge Peter Horn (second from left), Brian Towers and David Wheelehen, Clinical Nurse Consultant Mickie Namour and nursing home residents.

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Visitors wanting to stay by the bedside of a loved one at Atherton Hospital, won’t have to worry about their sleeping arrangements after the Yungaburra Freemasons gifted a new overnight recliner lounge.

Barrine Masonic Lodge along with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $3,200 towards the lounge, which by day is a normal two-seater recliner, that can be converted into a double bed at night.

What’s also unique about the lounge is that each side operates independently of each other, with a total of nine different positions to provide optimal comfort.

Barrine Lodge representative Bob Jessop said the donation would allow visitors to focus on their loved one and spend quality time with them.

“It’s one less thing for them to worry about – especially for someone keeping a bedside vigil,” Bob said.

“The lounge fits perfectly in the rooms and can be wheeled around depending on where it is needed at the time,” he said.

“We’re pleased to be able to make a difference in this way, to help create a comfortable environment where families can remain close to their loved ones while they are in hospital,” he said.

Atherton Hospital serves a large remote area of the Tablelands, accessible to around 45,000 residents.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead better lives was what they championed.

“Improving the quality of life of patients at Atherton Hospital, by allowing them to have their loved ones nearby in a comfortable manner aligns with our purpose which is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes,” Gary said.

“It’s been our pleasure to have matched the efforts of Barrine Masonic Lodge in support of with this worthy local initiative,” he said.

Photo: Barrine Masonic Lodge Freemasons Mil Clay, Bob Jessop and Bruce Herriot (seated), with Atherton Hospital’s Joyde Peterson (standing, centre back row) and Louise DeMarzi (seated).

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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.