Queenslanders impacted by the drought have received a helping hand from the Freemasons of Childers, who together with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland have donated $6000 towards 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 Childers Freemasons’ $2000 contribution has been tripled.
Childers Isis Masonic Lodge representative Ben Goding said while local initiatives are their main focus, when a crisis of this scale occurs in the broader community, they never hesitate to lend a hand.
“The Freemasons of Childers are quick to respond in times of need. We’re proud that with the help of Hand Heart Pocket we’ve been able to contribute $6,000,” Ben said.
“It’s great to know that through our collective efforts, we will be helping struggling families and communities in drought-affected Queensland 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 Childers 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 $435,000 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 almost $1.44 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: The Freemasons of Childers raised $6,000 for drought-affected Queenslanders with the help of Hand Heart Pocket.