Those living through the worst drought in Queensland’s history haven’t been forgotten, with the Gatton Freemasons joining forces with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to donate $4650 to their Drought Disaster Relief Appeal.
The initiative, which has seen Hand Heart Pocket donate an additional two dollars for every one dollar donated by its members and Masonic Lodges, meant that the Gatton Freemasons’ $1550 contribution has been tripled.
Gatton’s Lodge representative David Green said helping others in the local and wider community is an important part of Freemasonry.
“Here at our Gatton Lodge, we don’t hesitate to provide a hand to others in times of need. We’re thrilled to have been involved in raising $4650 with the assistance of Hand Heart Pocket,” David said.
“The drought has affected so many Queenslanders and we hope our contribution will help struggling communities to get back on their feet,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the response has been amazing.
“We are grateful to the Gatton Freemasons for their efforts,” Gary said.
“Freemasons across the state have rallied to make a significant contribution towards providing a hand-up for drought-affected families and communities – collectively contributing over $300,000 with Hand Heart Pocket over the past six weeks. This takes the total funds distributed over the last four years, on behalf of Freemasons, to over $1.3 Million, this is an extraordinary effort across our membership”.
With this money, Hand Heart Pocket will provide Eftpos cards to be distributed through its partners on the ground so that funds can get to where they are needed most, helping to put food on the table and pay for essential bills.
“We’ll be working with the Western Drought Appeal and their associated distribution channels, the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Queensland Education and the School of Distant Education parent support group to distribute the Eftpos cards to where they are needed most,” said Gary.
Photo: Gatton Freemasons raised $4650 for drought-affected Queenslanders with the help of Hand Heart Pocket.