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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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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).

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Staff and volunteers at the Bundaberg and District Meals on Wheels have been given a helping hand to carry out their essential work in the community, with the local Freemasons stepping in to purchase new equipment.

Tyrian Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated $5,373 towards a range of kitchen and office equipment to support the organisation’s day-to-day operations, including a security equipment upgrade, office chairs, a stainless-steel sandwich trolley, food processor and several stainless-steel flat trays.

Tyrian Masonic Lodge Secretary John Richardson said the local Meals on Wheels branch played a pivotal role in the community, impacting those who due to age, disability or other circumstances are unable to prepare their own meals.

“Locally, Meals on Wheels prepares 160 meals a day, five days a week for 51 weeks of the year. That’s no easy task, but it’s made possible because of the hardworking staff and volunteers,” John said.

“Many of their clients live alone and look forward to a cooked meal and a chat, so Tyrian Masonic Lodge wanted to show its support and empower Meals on Wheels to continue their important work.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said that the organisation focused on providing sustainable support that delivered positive outcomes for charitable organisations that have limited access to other funding.

“Support for initiatives that improve quality of life for the elderly forms part of our organisation’s long-term charitable intent.”

“By teaming up with Tyrian Lodge, we have been able to maximise the impact of their charity work at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Bundaberg and District Meals on Wheels Service Manager Brendon Searle, Head Chef Michelle and Tyrian Masonic Lodge representative Ben Martelli.

Find out more about who we help

Palliative care patients at Toowoomba Hospice will be kept in additional comfort after the Toowoomba and District Masonic Council and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $11,000 for six new adjustable beds.

The Masonic Council, which represents 16 Masonic Lodges from the Darling Downs region instigated the donation, with their President Barry Hennessy personally contributing $5,000 towards the total.

Secretary Craig Reimers said the mobility features within the beds would not only enable patients in the final stages of life to be as comfortable as possible but would also help care staff by reducing manual handling.

“When we met with the Toowoomba Hospice to see if we could help in any way, it was identified that some new adjustable beds would be most helpful for the six-bed facility,” Craig said.

“The Masonic Council has a long history of supporting local charities and has donated to the Hospice in the past. We also have firsthand experience of the wonderful support the Hospice has provided to our family and friends, making their final time with us as comfortable as possible.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the provision of quality end of life care aligned with their values.

“We look to support charitable initiatives that help to alleviate suffering and improve people’s quality of life, particularly where there is limited access to other funding,” Gary said.

“Our support has been able to maximise the impact of the Masonic Council’s charity work at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: The Toowoomba Hospice’s Graham Barron, Eugenie Corbett and Ray Pern (back), with representatives of the Toowoomba and District Masonic Council Barry Hennessy, David Gwynne and Ken Stephen.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

For over three decades Trinity Centre Pantry in Fortitude Valley has been providing a hand up for those in need, through food assistance and financial emergency relief.

The local service which helps over 1000 people a year, recently received a $700 donation from the team at Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland. Funds were raised throughout the year as part of the organisation’s casual Friday gold coin donation initiative, which was later matched dollar-for-dollar to provide a greater impact.

Situated not far from the Hand Heart Pocket Executive Office, the Trinity Centre Pantry is open four days a week, ensuring those that have fallen on hard times can pick up non-perishable food for free and access temporary financial emergency relief.

With this donation, the Pantry will be able to purchase a months’ worth of food, plus put some aside for financial emergency relief.

“Christmas is a time for giving. Also, our values and what we stand for as an organisation aligns with the Trinity Centre Pantry’s work in the community,” said Hand Heart Pocket Executive Officer Commercial and Company Secretary Robert Qualtrough.

“Supporting initiatives that alleviate misfortune and empower people to lead more independent lives is a large part of what we do,” he said.

Photo: The team at Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $700 to the Trinity Centre Pantry.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

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).

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Staff and volunteers at the Bundaberg and District Meals on Wheels have been given a helping hand to carry out their essential work in the community, with the local Freemasons stepping in to purchase new equipment.

Tyrian Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated $5,373 towards a range of kitchen and office equipment to support the organisation’s day-to-day operations, including a security equipment upgrade, office chairs, a stainless-steel sandwich trolley, food processor and several stainless-steel flat trays.

Tyrian Masonic Lodge Secretary John Richardson said the local Meals on Wheels branch played a pivotal role in the community, impacting those who due to age, disability or other circumstances are unable to prepare their own meals.

“Locally, Meals on Wheels prepares 160 meals a day, five days a week for 51 weeks of the year. That’s no easy task, but it’s made possible because of the hardworking staff and volunteers,” John said.

“Many of their clients live alone and look forward to a cooked meal and a chat, so Tyrian Masonic Lodge wanted to show its support and empower Meals on Wheels to continue their important work.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said that the organisation focused on providing sustainable support that delivered positive outcomes for charitable organisations that have limited access to other funding.

“Support for initiatives that improve quality of life for the elderly forms part of our organisation’s long-term charitable intent.”

“By teaming up with Tyrian Lodge, we have been able to maximise the impact of their charity work at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Bundaberg and District Meals on Wheels Service Manager Brendon Searle, Head Chef Michelle and Tyrian Masonic Lodge representative Ben Martelli.

Find out more about who we help

Palliative care patients at Toowoomba Hospice will be kept in additional comfort after the Toowoomba and District Masonic Council and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $11,000 for six new adjustable beds.

The Masonic Council, which represents 16 Masonic Lodges from the Darling Downs region instigated the donation, with their President Barry Hennessy personally contributing $5,000 towards the total.

Secretary Craig Reimers said the mobility features within the beds would not only enable patients in the final stages of life to be as comfortable as possible but would also help care staff by reducing manual handling.

“When we met with the Toowoomba Hospice to see if we could help in any way, it was identified that some new adjustable beds would be most helpful for the six-bed facility,” Craig said.

“The Masonic Council has a long history of supporting local charities and has donated to the Hospice in the past. We also have firsthand experience of the wonderful support the Hospice has provided to our family and friends, making their final time with us as comfortable as possible.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the provision of quality end of life care aligned with their values.

“We look to support charitable initiatives that help to alleviate suffering and improve people’s quality of life, particularly where there is limited access to other funding,” Gary said.

“Our support has been able to maximise the impact of the Masonic Council’s charity work at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: The Toowoomba Hospice’s Graham Barron, Eugenie Corbett and Ray Pern (back), with representatives of the Toowoomba and District Masonic Council Barry Hennessy, David Gwynne and Ken Stephen.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

For over three decades Trinity Centre Pantry in Fortitude Valley has been providing a hand up for those in need, through food assistance and financial emergency relief.

The local service which helps over 1000 people a year, recently received a $700 donation from the team at Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland. Funds were raised throughout the year as part of the organisation’s casual Friday gold coin donation initiative, which was later matched dollar-for-dollar to provide a greater impact.

Situated not far from the Hand Heart Pocket Executive Office, the Trinity Centre Pantry is open four days a week, ensuring those that have fallen on hard times can pick up non-perishable food for free and access temporary financial emergency relief.

With this donation, the Pantry will be able to purchase a months’ worth of food, plus put some aside for financial emergency relief.

“Christmas is a time for giving. Also, our values and what we stand for as an organisation aligns with the Trinity Centre Pantry’s work in the community,” said Hand Heart Pocket Executive Officer Commercial and Company Secretary Robert Qualtrough.

“Supporting initiatives that alleviate misfortune and empower people to lead more independent lives is a large part of what we do,” he said.

Photo: The team at Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $700 to the Trinity Centre Pantry.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy