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Queenslanders living with Parkinson’s disease will have additional resources available to them, to help them live well, despite their diagnosis.

Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated $4,000 to Parkinson’s Queensland, with a portion of funds going towards the purchase of books, journal articles and DVDs for the Maureen Platt Library.

The other portion of funds will support the organisation’s nurse education grants program to help fund the postgraduate studies of Parkinson’s care nurses in Queensland.

“We’re excited to help improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s Queenslands’ 1,366 clients,” Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge representative Gary Golding said.

“As someone who has Parkinson’s, I know how empowering information can be, as do several other members of our Lodge.”

“Information, education and peer support are key to living well after a Parkinson’s diagnosis, which along with treatment can help a person with the disease to maintain their independence.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said initiatives that empower the ageing population to lead more independent lives is part of their long-term strategic focus.

“It was clear that these two initiatives aligned with our charitable intent, especially because Parkinson’s is typically an older person’s disease. The average age of diagnosis is 65,” Mr Mark said.

“Together with Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge, we’ve been able to have a bigger impact for more Queenslanders,” he said.

Photo: Parkinson’s QLD CEO Mark Hindle, Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge representatives John Zamofing and Gary Golding, Parkinson’s QLD President Professor George Mellick and Frances Golding. 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Refurbishments to the Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) headquarters are complete thanks to a Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

The refurbished facilities, which officially re-opened late last month, will provide the infrastructure for WLSQ to offer an additional 2000 free legal appointments each year for women suffering the devastating effects of domestic violence and abuse.

In March 2018, Hand Heart Pocket provided $340,000 to help refurbish the WLSQ headquarters in Annerley.  The grant, the biggest ever received by the legal service, has been used to remodel their office interior to allow for six extra fully equipped, private offices for confidential legal appointments.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the refurbished facilities would provide a safe, comfortable and accessible space for Queensland women in need.

“Hand Heart Pocket plays a critical role in the community. Every year, we provide millions in much needed funding to help other charities grow and extend the valuable services they provide,” Mr Mark said.

“This project is directly in line with our goal of making an impact on financial and physical security for women – a critical issue in our community today.”

Women’s Legal Service Queensland Chief Executive Officer Angela Lynch said the organisation had been helping women experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or family law issues for more than 35 years and demand for its services was rising.

“We help over 16,000 clients a year, but the need for free legal assistance is growing,” said Ms Lynch.

“The statistics are staggering. One in three clients hold fears for their safety or the safety of their children, and 25 percent are at risk of homelessness. One in five Queensland women experience domestic violence.

“Thanks to our refurbishments, more women who are impacted by domestic violence and abuse will be able to access our services.”

In 1996, the not-for-profit service moved to its historic Annerley premises in order to extend its community reach. The building has a rich history of women supporting other women and was previously a hospice for war widows. 

Hand Heart Pocket is pleased to support the vital work of Women’s Legal Service Queensland.  For more information visit https://wlsq.org.au/

Photo: (from left) Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson; The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO; and Hand Heart Pocket Chairman Tom Wiltshire cut the cake to celebrate the office re-opening of the Women's Legal Service Queensland office.

 

The notion that good things come in small packages certainly was the case at the Hear and Say Sunshine Coast Centre in Nambour last week, as a small but critical piece of equipment was unveiled.

The organisation which empowers children with hearing loss to reach their full learning potential was gifted a new Phonak Roger touchscreen wireless communication device and microphone by the local Masonic Lodges and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Sunshine Coast Freemason Mike Aldrich said the $1,100 device would be used during the early intervention playgroup sessions.

“A Listening and Spoken Language Specialist can wear the microphone around their neck or place it in the middle of a table during these sessions and sound will be streamed directly into the children’s cochlear impacts or hearing aids, providing greater clarity as they learn to hear, listen and speak,” Mike said.

“The results achieved at the Centre are nothing short of impressive, which is why we took an interest in funding this upgrade,” Mike said.

In August last year, representatives of Waverley-Palmwoods, Landsborough, Maroochy, Nambour and Rosslyn Masonic Lodges visited the Centre to see firsthand the difference a statewide grant for half-a-million-dollars from the state’s Masonic charity was having on the ground.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said this latest grassroots support shows how committed Lodges are to supporting local initiatives.

“By working together, the Sunshine Coast Freemasons have provided a helping hand for a deserving local charity,” Gary said.

“We were able to match their efforts because education initiatives that empower children with disabilities to lead more independent lives, aligns with our long-term charitable intent,” he said.

Photos: Representatives of Waverley-Palmwoods, Landsborough, Maroochy, Nambour and Rosslyn Masonic Lodges visited the Hear and Say Sunshine Coast Centre for the unveiling of a critical piece of equipment which they donated. 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Watch footage from the official sod turning

Guide Dogs Queensland turned the first sod on a new veterinary clinic at its Bald Hills Breeding and Training Centre on Friday 5 April 2019, thanks to a $230,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Guide Dog breeding is set to increase by 70 percent over the next couple of years to meet the growing demand for working Guide Dogs and having a dedicated onsite clinic will cut expenses by more than half. Currently external vet bills cost the charity almost $220,000 each year.

Guide Dogs Queensland Chief Executive Officer Michael Kightley said the savings would make it possible for Guide Dogs Queensland to train an additional 24 dogs over the next five years.

“There are currently more than 30 people on the wait list for a Guide Dog,” Mr Kightley said.

“The new clinic will help us meet this growing demand while providing a full-service facility with comprehensive healthcare for Guide Dogs from the day they’re born and through their working life.

“The grant we received from Hand Heart Pocket is making a significant difference to our organisation and helping us improve the lives of more people with low or no vision. We are thrilled that work will soon start on the clinic and eagerly await its opening at the end of the year.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the grant would help Guide Dogs Queensland extend its service, providing invaluable resources and guiding companions for people with vision impairments.

“We look forward to watching the veterinary clinic take shape over the coming months so that working Guide Dogs and puppies-in-training will have better access to on-site healthcare,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket and Masonic Lodges have been supporting Guide Dogs Queensland for some time. We are proud to grow this successful partnership and extend our grassroots contribution to a Significant Grant.

“It is an excellent example of the charity grant funding Hand Heart Pocket provides to assist existing charities and help them make a bigger impact in the community.”

Photo: Members of United Tradesmen’s and Redcliffe First Settlement Lodges joined Hand Heart Pocket and Guide Dogs Queensland at the sod turning event.

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Hand Heart Pocket has announced the appointment of thought leader and social innovator Sandy Blackburn-Wright to its board of directors.  Ms Blackburn-Wright’s appointment brings a new level of independence and diversity to the current board and is the first appointment of a female director in the organisations 110-year history.

Ms Blackburn-Wright brings more than 35 years’ local and international experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors, and a passion for building bridges between the social and financial.

Hand Heart Pocket Chairman Tom Wiltshire said Ms Blackburn-Wright’s appointment is part of the organisation’s contemporary approach of challenging existing paradigms, thereby helping to ensure that the support it gives remains relevant and that impacts are maximised.  

“Masonic charity has a rich history in Queensland spanning more than 110 years, but we recognise the importance of constantly adapting to meet the changing needs of our communities,” Mr Wiltshire said.  

“Sandy’s expertise, strength and diversity will prove valuable as Hand Heart Pocket looks to further shape and refine its approach to philanthropy in practical and innovative ways.   

“As a leader who has helped to grow the impact investing, shared value and social enterprise sectors in Australia and abroad, Sandy’s insight into how to maximise the tangible value of our support will be invaluable.”

Ms Blackburn-Wright said she was keen to be part of an organisation that had recently become one of the largest grant-making charities in Queensland and who is looking to embrace strategic philanthropy focused on measurable impact.

“For philanthropists, solving social problems is about working with our charity partners to help them deepen their impact, and I’m looking forward to drawing on my own experience in this regard to help Hand Heart Pocket shape its future,” Ms Blackburn-Wright said.

Ms Blackburn-Wright is the founder and Managing Director of Social Outcomes, a business that uses social and financial innovation to create and fund quality outcomes for its partners.

The bestselling author also sits on the Australian Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Global Steering Group and the advisory board of QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

Mundubbera Hospital has been empowered to provide additional facilities for palliation after the local Freemasons generously provided a $4000 donation.

The funds donated by Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will go towards the conversion of a quiet room into a palliative care room, as well as revitalising the plant nursery.

Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge Secretary Peter Keller said when patients reach the stage of palliative care, it’s all about keeping them comfortable and enhancing their quality of life by providing a peaceful environment.

“The plant nursery, in particular, will help to create a serene environment,” Peter said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark thanked Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge for identifying this important regional initiative which will enable more palliative care patients to remain close to their loved ones.

“Enhancing the built environment to improve patients’ quality of life tallies with our values which are about alleviating suffering,” Gary said.

“Together, the Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket have been able to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level.”

Photo: Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge has provided a hand up for Mundubbera Hospital. 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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). 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Queenslanders living with Parkinson’s disease will have additional resources available to them, to help them live well, despite their diagnosis.

Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated $4,000 to Parkinson’s Queensland, with a portion of funds going towards the purchase of books, journal articles and DVDs for the Maureen Platt Library.

The other portion of funds will support the organisation’s nurse education grants program to help fund the postgraduate studies of Parkinson’s care nurses in Queensland.

“We’re excited to help improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s Queenslands’ 1,366 clients,” Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge representative Gary Golding said.

“As someone who has Parkinson’s, I know how empowering information can be, as do several other members of our Lodge.”

“Information, education and peer support are key to living well after a Parkinson’s diagnosis, which along with treatment can help a person with the disease to maintain their independence.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said initiatives that empower the ageing population to lead more independent lives is part of their long-term strategic focus.

“It was clear that these two initiatives aligned with our charitable intent, especially because Parkinson’s is typically an older person’s disease. The average age of diagnosis is 65,” Mr Mark said.

“Together with Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge, we’ve been able to have a bigger impact for more Queenslanders,” he said.

Photo: Parkinson’s QLD CEO Mark Hindle, Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge representatives John Zamofing and Gary Golding, Parkinson’s QLD President Professor George Mellick and Frances Golding. 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Refurbishments to the Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) headquarters are complete thanks to a Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

The refurbished facilities, which officially re-opened late last month, will provide the infrastructure for WLSQ to offer an additional 2000 free legal appointments each year for women suffering the devastating effects of domestic violence and abuse.

In March 2018, Hand Heart Pocket provided $340,000 to help refurbish the WLSQ headquarters in Annerley.  The grant, the biggest ever received by the legal service, has been used to remodel their office interior to allow for six extra fully equipped, private offices for confidential legal appointments.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the refurbished facilities would provide a safe, comfortable and accessible space for Queensland women in need.

“Hand Heart Pocket plays a critical role in the community. Every year, we provide millions in much needed funding to help other charities grow and extend the valuable services they provide,” Mr Mark said.

“This project is directly in line with our goal of making an impact on financial and physical security for women – a critical issue in our community today.”

Women’s Legal Service Queensland Chief Executive Officer Angela Lynch said the organisation had been helping women experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or family law issues for more than 35 years and demand for its services was rising.

“We help over 16,000 clients a year, but the need for free legal assistance is growing,” said Ms Lynch.

“The statistics are staggering. One in three clients hold fears for their safety or the safety of their children, and 25 percent are at risk of homelessness. One in five Queensland women experience domestic violence.

“Thanks to our refurbishments, more women who are impacted by domestic violence and abuse will be able to access our services.”

In 1996, the not-for-profit service moved to its historic Annerley premises in order to extend its community reach. The building has a rich history of women supporting other women and was previously a hospice for war widows. 

Hand Heart Pocket is pleased to support the vital work of Women’s Legal Service Queensland.  For more information visit https://wlsq.org.au/

Photo: (from left) Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson; The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO; and Hand Heart Pocket Chairman Tom Wiltshire cut the cake to celebrate the office re-opening of the Women's Legal Service Queensland office.

 

The notion that good things come in small packages certainly was the case at the Hear and Say Sunshine Coast Centre in Nambour last week, as a small but critical piece of equipment was unveiled.

The organisation which empowers children with hearing loss to reach their full learning potential was gifted a new Phonak Roger touchscreen wireless communication device and microphone by the local Masonic Lodges and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Sunshine Coast Freemason Mike Aldrich said the $1,100 device would be used during the early intervention playgroup sessions.

“A Listening and Spoken Language Specialist can wear the microphone around their neck or place it in the middle of a table during these sessions and sound will be streamed directly into the children’s cochlear impacts or hearing aids, providing greater clarity as they learn to hear, listen and speak,” Mike said.

“The results achieved at the Centre are nothing short of impressive, which is why we took an interest in funding this upgrade,” Mike said.

In August last year, representatives of Waverley-Palmwoods, Landsborough, Maroochy, Nambour and Rosslyn Masonic Lodges visited the Centre to see firsthand the difference a statewide grant for half-a-million-dollars from the state’s Masonic charity was having on the ground.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said this latest grassroots support shows how committed Lodges are to supporting local initiatives.

“By working together, the Sunshine Coast Freemasons have provided a helping hand for a deserving local charity,” Gary said.

“We were able to match their efforts because education initiatives that empower children with disabilities to lead more independent lives, aligns with our long-term charitable intent,” he said.

Photos: Representatives of Waverley-Palmwoods, Landsborough, Maroochy, Nambour and Rosslyn Masonic Lodges visited the Hear and Say Sunshine Coast Centre for the unveiling of a critical piece of equipment which they donated. 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Watch footage from the official sod turning

Guide Dogs Queensland turned the first sod on a new veterinary clinic at its Bald Hills Breeding and Training Centre on Friday 5 April 2019, thanks to a $230,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Guide Dog breeding is set to increase by 70 percent over the next couple of years to meet the growing demand for working Guide Dogs and having a dedicated onsite clinic will cut expenses by more than half. Currently external vet bills cost the charity almost $220,000 each year.

Guide Dogs Queensland Chief Executive Officer Michael Kightley said the savings would make it possible for Guide Dogs Queensland to train an additional 24 dogs over the next five years.

“There are currently more than 30 people on the wait list for a Guide Dog,” Mr Kightley said.

“The new clinic will help us meet this growing demand while providing a full-service facility with comprehensive healthcare for Guide Dogs from the day they’re born and through their working life.

“The grant we received from Hand Heart Pocket is making a significant difference to our organisation and helping us improve the lives of more people with low or no vision. We are thrilled that work will soon start on the clinic and eagerly await its opening at the end of the year.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the grant would help Guide Dogs Queensland extend its service, providing invaluable resources and guiding companions for people with vision impairments.

“We look forward to watching the veterinary clinic take shape over the coming months so that working Guide Dogs and puppies-in-training will have better access to on-site healthcare,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket and Masonic Lodges have been supporting Guide Dogs Queensland for some time. We are proud to grow this successful partnership and extend our grassroots contribution to a Significant Grant.

“It is an excellent example of the charity grant funding Hand Heart Pocket provides to assist existing charities and help them make a bigger impact in the community.”

Photo: Members of United Tradesmen’s and Redcliffe First Settlement Lodges joined Hand Heart Pocket and Guide Dogs Queensland at the sod turning event.

Find out who we help

Hand Heart Pocket has announced the appointment of thought leader and social innovator Sandy Blackburn-Wright to its board of directors.  Ms Blackburn-Wright’s appointment brings a new level of independence and diversity to the current board and is the first appointment of a female director in the organisations 110-year history.

Ms Blackburn-Wright brings more than 35 years’ local and international experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors, and a passion for building bridges between the social and financial.

Hand Heart Pocket Chairman Tom Wiltshire said Ms Blackburn-Wright’s appointment is part of the organisation’s contemporary approach of challenging existing paradigms, thereby helping to ensure that the support it gives remains relevant and that impacts are maximised.  

“Masonic charity has a rich history in Queensland spanning more than 110 years, but we recognise the importance of constantly adapting to meet the changing needs of our communities,” Mr Wiltshire said.  

“Sandy’s expertise, strength and diversity will prove valuable as Hand Heart Pocket looks to further shape and refine its approach to philanthropy in practical and innovative ways.   

“As a leader who has helped to grow the impact investing, shared value and social enterprise sectors in Australia and abroad, Sandy’s insight into how to maximise the tangible value of our support will be invaluable.”

Ms Blackburn-Wright said she was keen to be part of an organisation that had recently become one of the largest grant-making charities in Queensland and who is looking to embrace strategic philanthropy focused on measurable impact.

“For philanthropists, solving social problems is about working with our charity partners to help them deepen their impact, and I’m looking forward to drawing on my own experience in this regard to help Hand Heart Pocket shape its future,” Ms Blackburn-Wright said.

Ms Blackburn-Wright is the founder and Managing Director of Social Outcomes, a business that uses social and financial innovation to create and fund quality outcomes for its partners.

The bestselling author also sits on the Australian Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Global Steering Group and the advisory board of QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

Mundubbera Hospital has been empowered to provide additional facilities for palliation after the local Freemasons generously provided a $4000 donation.

The funds donated by Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will go towards the conversion of a quiet room into a palliative care room, as well as revitalising the plant nursery.

Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge Secretary Peter Keller said when patients reach the stage of palliative care, it’s all about keeping them comfortable and enhancing their quality of life by providing a peaceful environment.

“The plant nursery, in particular, will help to create a serene environment,” Peter said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark thanked Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge for identifying this important regional initiative which will enable more palliative care patients to remain close to their loved ones.

“Enhancing the built environment to improve patients’ quality of life tallies with our values which are about alleviating suffering,” Gary said.

“Together, the Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket have been able to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level.”

Photo: Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge has provided a hand up for Mundubbera Hospital. 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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). 

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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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