Almost 150 guests including members, supporters and charity partners of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, attended the Year in Review event last month, to hear about the organisation’s impact on families and communities in 2018. Held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event was a resounding success with guests embracing the format of the night.
Official proceedings began with a Welcome to Country before Chairman Tom Wiltshire addressed the audience. He provided a high-level overview of the organisation’s charitable impacts as it follows the path of its long-term strategy. He also spoke about how the organisation’s sustainable business model is allowing it to provide more impacts now and into the future.
In the 2017/2018 financial year, Hand Heart Pocket provided almost $2.8 million in financial and in-kind support to a range of charitable causes and individuals in need, impacting more Queenslanders than ever before. A whiteboard video was shown to explain how the organisation has built on its 110-year history and some of the recent impacts it has made.
Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark also addressed the audience, focusing on the charity’s achievements and how the organisation is delivering on the board’s strategy. This included the growth of their benevolent work at a grassroots level and building stronger relationships with Masonic Lodges, to provide approximately $375,000 in grassroots grants for 83 local initiatives. Similarly, almost $1.57 million in Significant Grants were provided to support key initiatives where gaps in funding were evident. While a $1 million Flagship Grant was given to help provide vital infrastructure for education and employment, to empower young people with a disability to be job ready. A highlights video helped to put these sizable figures into perspective, showing some of the positive impacts being made.
In keeping with this theme, guests took part in a Gallery Walk to hear directly from Hand Heart Pocket’s charity partners, who spoke about the challenges they face, the support they received from Hand Heart Pocket and the impact of this support. These charity partners included Help Enterprises, Hear and Say, YellowBridge QLD, Trojan’s Trek and the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA). The latter organisation, as the beneficiary of Hand Heart Pocket’s Inaugural Father’s Day Appeal, received a $150,000 Significant Grant on the night to support Men’s Shed activities and programs across Queensland in 2019 in the area of men’s mental and physical health which is one of Hand Heart Pocket’s key areas of focus.
Hand Heart Pocket is appreciative of those that attended the Year in Review event and looks forward to working with those who share their passion and vision to make a bigger difference for more families and communities in 2019.
Photo: Hand Heart Pocket celebrated its charitable impact in 2018 at the Year in Review event. Official proceedings began with a Welcome to Country from Shannon Ruska, a descendent of the Yuggera and Turbul people of Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich regions.