The Queensland arm of a support group for families grieving the loss of a child has been given a hand up.
Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland on behalf of the local Freemasons, provided the $10k grant to help The Compassionate Friends, Queensland (TCF) to raise its profile in the community and reach more families in need of support.
TCF is one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round. Scotia Masonic Lodge was instrumental in bringing the work of the TCF to Hand Heart Pocket’s attention.
Lodge representative Kerry LeBoutillier said having made a long-term commitment to supporting TCF, there is no other organisation they would have nominated for the grant.
“Losing a child suddenly or through prolonged illness is a hugely traumatic experience, so it’s important for families to know that support is available,” Kerry said.
“This grant will allow TCF, which is based in New Farm, to market their services to the wider Queensland community, so more grieving families are aware of the support they can provide through such a difficult time.”
“What’s unique about TCF is that you’re being supported by people who’ve walked in your shoes, they know that it takes time to heal,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said initiatives that help to alleviate suffering and empower people to lead better lives is what they look to back.
“Support for contemporary families is at the heart of our charitable intent,” Gary said.
“We fulfil this by providing sustainable support to charitable organisations that have limited access to other sources of funding,” Gary said.
“Having worked closely with Scotia Masonic Lodge, we’ve been able to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level – touching hundreds of families, to improve their mental health and wellbeing as they look to rebuild their lives,” he said.
Photo: Scotia Masonic Lodge representative Kerry LeBoutillier and The Compassionate Friends Queensland Coordinator Kristie McGrath.