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Men in Emerald are being urged to make their health a priority as the local Freemasons get ready to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On March 7, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Emerald Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session as part of the ‘Men’s Health Matters’ awareness campaign.

The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Men’s Health Matters was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially lifesaving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

 The free public information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.

 “We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.

“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”

Emerald Freemason Malcolm Crozier said they were excited to be hosting such an important event that will be of benefit to the wider community.

“Many of us are time-poor these days and struggle to stay on top of our health, so this will be a good opportunity for us to get together and make some positive changes,” Mr Crozier said.

The Emerald Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 5pm on Saturday, 7 March at the Alexandra Masonic Lodge at 66 Borilla Street.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

An event hosted by the Maleny Freemasons last Friday saw over 40 men and their families come together to learn how to lead better lives at the Men’s Health Matters event.

Held at the Maleny Masonic Centre, the event was part of a series of state-wide sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, in collaboration with community health non-profit CheckUP, focusing on improving men’s mental and physical health.

The awareness campaign was launched in September last year and has travelled across the state, visiting towns and supporting local communities. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket, in partnership with CheckUP, is committed to providing the support and encouragement men need in order to lead better lives through these crucial local events.”

The free information session was delivered a registered psychologist and covered a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a safe forum for men to talk about their experiences and health journey.

“Through this event, attendees were encouraged to put their health first and actually have a conversation about how they are feeling both mentally and physically,” Ms Liddy said.

Maleny Freemason Arthur Trass said the local Men’s Health Matters event was crucial in kick-starting the conversation around men’s health in the small hinterland community.

“The Men’s Health Matters event from Hand Heart Pocket and CheckUP has already helped make a positive change within the Maleny community by getting people to at least talk about how men can improve their health,” Mr Trass said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Toowoomba men and their families recently gathered to shine the light on men’s mental and physical health at a Men’s Health Matters event hosted by the local Freemasons.

Held at the Toowoomba Masonic Centre, the event was part of a series of state-wide sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, in collaboration with community health non-profit CheckUP, focusing on improving men’s mental and physical health.

The awareness campaign was launched in September last year and has travelled across the state, visiting towns and supporting local communities. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket, in partnership with CheckUP, is committed to providing the support and encouragement men need in order to lead better lives through these crucial local events.”

The free information session was delivered by a registered psychologist and covered a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a safe forum for men to talk about their experiences and health journey.

“Through this event, attendees were encouraged to put their health first and actually have a conversation about how they are feeling both mentally and physically,” Ms Liddy said.

Toowoomba Freemason Craig Reimers said the local Men’s Health Matters event helped the Toowoomba community turn a corner and start thinking about how to address the issue of men’s health from different perspectives.

“There’s nothing more heart-warming to see than a group of people from within your community coming together to address the important issues facing those around us,” Mr Reimers said.

“Men’s health is something that shouldn’t just be swept under the rug and the Men’s Health Matters event was pivotal in bringing people together to shine a light on such an important issue.”

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Last month, the Tully Freemasons hosted an event which saw men and their families come together to discuss the importance of putting men’s mental and physical health first in order to help them improve their overall wellbeing.

Held at the Tully-Tyson Masonic Centre, the Men’s Health Matters event was part of a series of state-wide sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, in collaboration with community health non-profit CheckUP, focusing on improving men’s mental and physical health.

The awareness campaign was launched in September last year and has travelled across the state, visiting towns and supporting local communities. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket, in partnership with CheckUP, is committed to providing the support and encouragement men need in order to lead better lives through these crucial local events.”

The free information session was delivered by a registered psychologist and covered a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a safe forum for men to talk about their experiences and health journey.

“Through this event, attendees were encouraged to put their health first and actually have a conversation about how they are feeling both mentally and physically,” Ms Liddy said.

Tully Freemason Alf Macdonald said the Men’s Health Matters event was crucial in facilitating more open and positive conversations around improving the lives of men in Far North Queensland.

“This event was constructive in educating people about the importance of eliminating the stigma around talking about men’s health and demonstrating how we can work together to support the men in our community through difficult times,” Mr Macdonald said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Earlier this month, men and their families joined forces to put men’s health first at the Men’s Health Matters event hosted by the local Freemasons.

Held at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre, the event was part of a series of state-wide sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, in collaboration with community health non-profit CheckUP, focusing on improving men’s mental and physical health.

The awareness campaign was launched in September last year and is travelling across the state, visiting towns and supporting local communities. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket, in partnership with CheckUP, is committed to providing the support and encouragement men need in order to lead better lives through these crucial local events.”

The free information session was delivered by a registered psychologist and covered a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a safe forum for men to talk about their experiences and health journey.“Through this event, attendees were encouraged to put their health first and actually have a conversation about how they are feeling both mentally and physically,” Ms Liddy said.

Baden Powell Freemason David Roberts said the local event was crucial in encouraging more open and positive conversations around improving the lives of men in the area.

“The successful Men’s Health Matters event marked a turning point in our community which I hope sees more men and their families taking a proactive approach to addressing men’s health,” Mr Roberts said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

See how the recent funding boost is impacting young people at risk

Local Freemasons visited South-East Queensland youth charity, TRACTION this morning, to see how a recent funding boost, is empowering more young people, at risk of not completing school to build their own future.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, on behalf of its members provided a $100,000 Significant Grant to TRACTION, a community-based youth mentoring program, in November last year.

The funds went towards TRACTION’s internal scholarship program to re-engage 38 more young people aged 12-15 in an alternative action-based learning environment. A portion of the grant is also helping the non-profit to measure its outcomes, build its capacity and better understand, manage and measure the impact they are making. The option for recurrent funding for a further two years will also be considered following a review of the program outcomes each year.  

TRACTION Founder and Program Director Sandy Murdoch said the Masons visit to their Redlands workshop allowed them to see the program in action, whilst hearing directly from participants and mentors. 

“We really are very grateful to the Freemasons for championing our work. This funding is already being put to use to help us build our capacity and offering, so that we can provide more and better services to those young people in our community who need our help the most,” Sandy said.

Since launching in 2015, over 1,035 young people aged 12-15 have been helped to re-engage in learning and the community to lead better lives. With workshops and delivery points in Alexandra Hills, Moorooka, Inala, Logan and Beaudesert, TRACTION works with schools and other agencies to identify at risk youth to undertake their program. Participants attend one day a week for an entire school term to work on various projects like restoring an old bike with the help of a mentor, as part of the Bicycle Build Program. Many come from disadvantaged backgrounds, may be experiencing trauma or insecure housing, have a disability or have been involved with the youth justice system.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said several Freemason Lodges had supported TRACTION at a grassroots level in the past, so it was especially fitting for them to be part of this event.

“This partnership is an extension of their support. Indeed, Hand Heart Pocket will be doing more to support initiatives and programs that improve outcomes for youth at risk, with a commitment to direct the majority of our Significant and Flagship funding, towards this particular area of work over the next three years,” Gary said.

“We’re excited to continue our support of TRACTION and look forward to seeing the positive impact the organisation has in empowering more young people at risk to have hope for their own futures, build a support network and to gain an education and skills for the future,” he said.

This grant from Hand Heart Pocket is the second time the Freemasons charity has provided a helping hand to TRACTION, after providing a $15,000 capacity building grant in 2018.

Photo: Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark with Freemason representatives from Brisbane’s southside (Wynnum, Redlands and Logan-Beenleigh) and Hand Heart Pocket Champion Thomas Christensen, alongside TRACTION participants, TRACTION Mentor Oscar and TRACTION Founder and Program Director Sandy Murdoch.

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The life-saving work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay regions will take to new heights next month, when their new $6M aeromedical base and patient transport facility becomes fully operational.

Joining the groundswell of support for the new shared premises, at Bundaberg Airport, is the local Masonic family, which generously provided a $50,000 donation. A combination of five local Freemason Lodges, and local Chapters within the Order of the Eastern Star, Rose Croix, Royal Arch and Grand Priory raised $5,000. This was matched by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, before a $40,000 top-up was provided through their Grassroots Grants Program.

The funds will go towards the fit-out of a specialised meeting room, which will be used for the co-ordination of services, professional development and community engagement.

Sir Augustus Lodge Freemason Darryl Dewar said the Masonic family was so very proud to support this regional initiative, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket.

“This new base will empower the RFDS and RACQ Lifeflight Rescue to meet the demand for its services long into the future and we are proud to make our mark in this way,” Darryl said.

Each year, over 3,500 patients in the region access the services of the RFDS or Lifeflight and this number is expected to significantly increase, with the planned expansion of Bundaberg Hospital.

“Bundaberg’s RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter completed hundreds of critical missions in 2019, valued at approximately $4 million, but at no cost to patients,” Bundaberg Base Lead, Daniel Leggat, said.

“This new base means we can enhance response times, aircraft engineering and crew facilities. Generous donations, like this one, will significantly help us continue to service the Wide Bay and beyond.”

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer, Meredith Staib said the support of community groups was integral to the successful completion of the new Bundaberg aeromedical base.

“We were tasked alongside our colleagues LifeFlight, with raising $3 million to make this project a reality, and incredibly kind gestures such as this from the local Masonic family and Hand Heart Pocket obviously go a long way towards achieving that goal.

“We are extremely grateful for their support and what it means to the people of regional and remote Queensland.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said providing sustainable support to charitable organisations that have limited access to other avenues of funding has been its core purpose.

“Ensuring regional communities have access to both emergency and primary health care aligns with our values around alleviating suffering and misfortune,” Gary said.

“We are appreciative of the Wide Bay Freemasons for bringing this important regional initiative to our attention so that a bigger difference could be made at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Members of the Wide Bay Masonic Family, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket, handed over a cheque for $50,000 to representatives of the RFDS and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.

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Men on the Atherton Tablelands will have the opportunity to discover how to lead better lives with the local Freemasons set to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 28 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and Barrine Masonic Lodge, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session in Yungaburra as part of the ‘Men’s Health Matters’ awareness campaign.

The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.

“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”

Barrine Masonic Lodge representative Vincent Mantio said they are proud to be hosting the Men’s Health Matters initiative on the Atherton Tablelands.

“In addition to our Lodge work, we always like to do our bit for the community, and by hosting this event, we will be helping to highlight a range of important issues related to men’s health.”

“Reflecting on how we feel and learning about the positive changes that we can make in our daily lives can make all the difference.”

“We invite all those on the Atherton Tablelands to take that first step and to make the time to attend. Partners are also welcome.”

The Yungaburra Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 5pm on Friday, 28 February 2020 at the Yungaburra Masonic Centre on Fig Street. The session will be followed by a sausage sizzle.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men on the Cassowary Coast will have the opportunity to discover how to lead better lives with the local Freemasons set to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 29 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Tully Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in town as part of the Men’s Health Matters awareness campaign.

The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Men’s Health Matters was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free public information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.

“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”

Tully-Tyson Freemason Lodge representative Alf Macdonald said the group was excited to be hosting this event for the local community.

“This is another way that we can make a difference in our region,” Mr Macdonald said.

“Tell your friends, family and co-workers to join us in addressing men’s health as a community.”

The Tully Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 2pm on Saturday, 29 February 2020 at the Tully Masonic Centre on Murray Street. Partners are welcome.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men in Cairns are being urged to put their health first as the local Freemasons get ready to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 28 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Cairns Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session as part of the ‘Men’s Health Matters’ awareness campaign.

The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Men’s Health Matters was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free public information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.

“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”

Cairns Freemason Raja Chohan called on all locals to pencil this event in their diary.

“This is another way that we can support our community by helping to bring men’s health to people’s attention,” he said.

“Even small changes over a period of time can have a positive impact,” he said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

An event hosted by the Maleny Freemasons last Friday saw over 40 men and their families come together to learn how to lead better lives at the Men’s Health Matters event.

Held at the Maleny Masonic Centre, the event was part of a series of state-wide sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, in collaboration with community health non-profit CheckUP, focusing on improving men’s mental and physical health.

The awareness campaign was launched in September last year and has travelled across the state, visiting towns and supporting local communities. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket, in partnership with CheckUP, is committed to providing the support and encouragement men need in order to lead better lives through these crucial local events.”

The free information session was delivered a registered psychologist and covered a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a safe forum for men to talk about their experiences and health journey.

“Through this event, attendees were encouraged to put their health first and actually have a conversation about how they are feeling both mentally and physically,” Ms Liddy said.

Maleny Freemason Arthur Trass said the local Men’s Health Matters event was crucial in kick-starting the conversation around men’s health in the small hinterland community.

“The Men’s Health Matters event from Hand Heart Pocket and CheckUP has already helped make a positive change within the Maleny community by getting people to at least talk about how men can improve their health,” Mr Trass said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Toowoomba men and their families recently gathered to shine the light on men’s mental and physical health at a Men’s Health Matters event hosted by the local Freemasons.

Held at the Toowoomba Masonic Centre, the event was part of a series of state-wide sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, in collaboration with community health non-profit CheckUP, focusing on improving men’s mental and physical health.

The awareness campaign was launched in September last year and has travelled across the state, visiting towns and supporting local communities. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket, in partnership with CheckUP, is committed to providing the support and encouragement men need in order to lead better lives through these crucial local events.”

The free information session was delivered by a registered psychologist and covered a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a safe forum for men to talk about their experiences and health journey.

“Through this event, attendees were encouraged to put their health first and actually have a conversation about how they are feeling both mentally and physically,” Ms Liddy said.

Toowoomba Freemason Craig Reimers said the local Men’s Health Matters event helped the Toowoomba community turn a corner and start thinking about how to address the issue of men’s health from different perspectives.

“There’s nothing more heart-warming to see than a group of people from within your community coming together to address the important issues facing those around us,” Mr Reimers said.

“Men’s health is something that shouldn’t just be swept under the rug and the Men’s Health Matters event was pivotal in bringing people together to shine a light on such an important issue.”

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Last month, the Tully Freemasons hosted an event which saw men and their families come together to discuss the importance of putting men’s mental and physical health first in order to help them improve their overall wellbeing.

Held at the Tully-Tyson Masonic Centre, the Men’s Health Matters event was part of a series of state-wide sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, in collaboration with community health non-profit CheckUP, focusing on improving men’s mental and physical health.

The awareness campaign was launched in September last year and has travelled across the state, visiting towns and supporting local communities. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket, in partnership with CheckUP, is committed to providing the support and encouragement men need in order to lead better lives through these crucial local events.”

The free information session was delivered by a registered psychologist and covered a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a safe forum for men to talk about their experiences and health journey.

“Through this event, attendees were encouraged to put their health first and actually have a conversation about how they are feeling both mentally and physically,” Ms Liddy said.

Tully Freemason Alf Macdonald said the Men’s Health Matters event was crucial in facilitating more open and positive conversations around improving the lives of men in Far North Queensland.

“This event was constructive in educating people about the importance of eliminating the stigma around talking about men’s health and demonstrating how we can work together to support the men in our community through difficult times,” Mr Macdonald said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Earlier this month, men and their families joined forces to put men’s health first at the Men’s Health Matters event hosted by the local Freemasons.

Held at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre, the event was part of a series of state-wide sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, in collaboration with community health non-profit CheckUP, focusing on improving men’s mental and physical health.

The awareness campaign was launched in September last year and is travelling across the state, visiting towns and supporting local communities. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

“Hand Heart Pocket, in partnership with CheckUP, is committed to providing the support and encouragement men need in order to lead better lives through these crucial local events.”

The free information session was delivered by a registered psychologist and covered a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a safe forum for men to talk about their experiences and health journey.“Through this event, attendees were encouraged to put their health first and actually have a conversation about how they are feeling both mentally and physically,” Ms Liddy said.

Baden Powell Freemason David Roberts said the local event was crucial in encouraging more open and positive conversations around improving the lives of men in the area.

“The successful Men’s Health Matters event marked a turning point in our community which I hope sees more men and their families taking a proactive approach to addressing men’s health,” Mr Roberts said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

See how the recent funding boost is impacting young people at risk

Local Freemasons visited South-East Queensland youth charity, TRACTION this morning, to see how a recent funding boost, is empowering more young people, at risk of not completing school to build their own future.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, on behalf of its members provided a $100,000 Significant Grant to TRACTION, a community-based youth mentoring program, in November last year.

The funds went towards TRACTION’s internal scholarship program to re-engage 38 more young people aged 12-15 in an alternative action-based learning environment. A portion of the grant is also helping the non-profit to measure its outcomes, build its capacity and better understand, manage and measure the impact they are making. The option for recurrent funding for a further two years will also be considered following a review of the program outcomes each year.  

TRACTION Founder and Program Director Sandy Murdoch said the Masons visit to their Redlands workshop allowed them to see the program in action, whilst hearing directly from participants and mentors. 

“We really are very grateful to the Freemasons for championing our work. This funding is already being put to use to help us build our capacity and offering, so that we can provide more and better services to those young people in our community who need our help the most,” Sandy said.

Since launching in 2015, over 1,035 young people aged 12-15 have been helped to re-engage in learning and the community to lead better lives. With workshops and delivery points in Alexandra Hills, Moorooka, Inala, Logan and Beaudesert, TRACTION works with schools and other agencies to identify at risk youth to undertake their program. Participants attend one day a week for an entire school term to work on various projects like restoring an old bike with the help of a mentor, as part of the Bicycle Build Program. Many come from disadvantaged backgrounds, may be experiencing trauma or insecure housing, have a disability or have been involved with the youth justice system.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said several Freemason Lodges had supported TRACTION at a grassroots level in the past, so it was especially fitting for them to be part of this event.

“This partnership is an extension of their support. Indeed, Hand Heart Pocket will be doing more to support initiatives and programs that improve outcomes for youth at risk, with a commitment to direct the majority of our Significant and Flagship funding, towards this particular area of work over the next three years,” Gary said.

“We’re excited to continue our support of TRACTION and look forward to seeing the positive impact the organisation has in empowering more young people at risk to have hope for their own futures, build a support network and to gain an education and skills for the future,” he said.

This grant from Hand Heart Pocket is the second time the Freemasons charity has provided a helping hand to TRACTION, after providing a $15,000 capacity building grant in 2018.

Photo: Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark with Freemason representatives from Brisbane’s southside (Wynnum, Redlands and Logan-Beenleigh) and Hand Heart Pocket Champion Thomas Christensen, alongside TRACTION participants, TRACTION Mentor Oscar and TRACTION Founder and Program Director Sandy Murdoch.

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The life-saving work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay regions will take to new heights next month, when their new $6M aeromedical base and patient transport facility becomes fully operational.

Joining the groundswell of support for the new shared premises, at Bundaberg Airport, is the local Masonic family, which generously provided a $50,000 donation. A combination of five local Freemason Lodges, and local Chapters within the Order of the Eastern Star, Rose Croix, Royal Arch and Grand Priory raised $5,000. This was matched by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, before a $40,000 top-up was provided through their Grassroots Grants Program.

The funds will go towards the fit-out of a specialised meeting room, which will be used for the co-ordination of services, professional development and community engagement.

Sir Augustus Lodge Freemason Darryl Dewar said the Masonic family was so very proud to support this regional initiative, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket.

“This new base will empower the RFDS and RACQ Lifeflight Rescue to meet the demand for its services long into the future and we are proud to make our mark in this way,” Darryl said.

Each year, over 3,500 patients in the region access the services of the RFDS or Lifeflight and this number is expected to significantly increase, with the planned expansion of Bundaberg Hospital.

“Bundaberg’s RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter completed hundreds of critical missions in 2019, valued at approximately $4 million, but at no cost to patients,” Bundaberg Base Lead, Daniel Leggat, said.

“This new base means we can enhance response times, aircraft engineering and crew facilities. Generous donations, like this one, will significantly help us continue to service the Wide Bay and beyond.”

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer, Meredith Staib said the support of community groups was integral to the successful completion of the new Bundaberg aeromedical base.

“We were tasked alongside our colleagues LifeFlight, with raising $3 million to make this project a reality, and incredibly kind gestures such as this from the local Masonic family and Hand Heart Pocket obviously go a long way towards achieving that goal.

“We are extremely grateful for their support and what it means to the people of regional and remote Queensland.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said providing sustainable support to charitable organisations that have limited access to other avenues of funding has been its core purpose.

“Ensuring regional communities have access to both emergency and primary health care aligns with our values around alleviating suffering and misfortune,” Gary said.

“We are appreciative of the Wide Bay Freemasons for bringing this important regional initiative to our attention so that a bigger difference could be made at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: Members of the Wide Bay Masonic Family, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket, handed over a cheque for $50,000 to representatives of the RFDS and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.

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Men on the Atherton Tablelands will have the opportunity to discover how to lead better lives with the local Freemasons set to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 28 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and Barrine Masonic Lodge, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session in Yungaburra as part of the ‘Men’s Health Matters’ awareness campaign.

The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.

“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”

Barrine Masonic Lodge representative Vincent Mantio said they are proud to be hosting the Men’s Health Matters initiative on the Atherton Tablelands.

“In addition to our Lodge work, we always like to do our bit for the community, and by hosting this event, we will be helping to highlight a range of important issues related to men’s health.”

“Reflecting on how we feel and learning about the positive changes that we can make in our daily lives can make all the difference.”

“We invite all those on the Atherton Tablelands to take that first step and to make the time to attend. Partners are also welcome.”

The Yungaburra Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 5pm on Friday, 28 February 2020 at the Yungaburra Masonic Centre on Fig Street. The session will be followed by a sausage sizzle.

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Men on the Cassowary Coast will have the opportunity to discover how to lead better lives with the local Freemasons set to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 29 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Tully Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in town as part of the Men’s Health Matters awareness campaign.

The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Men’s Health Matters was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free public information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.

“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”

Tully-Tyson Freemason Lodge representative Alf Macdonald said the group was excited to be hosting this event for the local community.

“This is another way that we can make a difference in our region,” Mr Macdonald said.

“Tell your friends, family and co-workers to join us in addressing men’s health as a community.”

The Tully Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 2pm on Saturday, 29 February 2020 at the Tully Masonic Centre on Murray Street. Partners are welcome.

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Men in Cairns are being urged to put their health first as the local Freemasons get ready to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 28 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Cairns Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session as part of the ‘Men’s Health Matters’ awareness campaign.

The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Men’s Health Matters was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free public information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.

“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”

Cairns Freemason Raja Chohan called on all locals to pencil this event in their diary.

“This is another way that we can support our community by helping to bring men’s health to people’s attention,” he said.

“Even small changes over a period of time can have a positive impact,” he said.

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Men in Toowoomba are being urged to put their health first as the local Freemasons get ready to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focused on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 25 February, next week, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Toowoomba Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session in Toowoomba as part of the Men’s Health Matters awareness campaign.

The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Men’s Health Matters was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free public information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.

“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”

Toowoomba Freemason Craig Reimers said everyone in the Toowoomba region should put this free event in their calendar.

“The Toowoomba Freemasons are committed to supporting the broader community – and addressing men’s health is something we are passionate about,” Mr Reimers said.

“Make sure you come down to the Toowoomba Masonic Centre on the 25th to start a conversation around men’s health.”

The Toowoomba Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 6pm on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at the Toowoomba Masonic Centre on Neil Street.

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Members are invited to our ‘Year in Review’ event to hear about our achievements over the past year and from some of our charity partners. Places are limited.

When: Monday 2 November, 2020
            5.15pm (for a 6pm start)

Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
            Glenelg St, South Brisbane.

Subsidised transport will be available from Gympie, Cooroy, Maroochydore, Caboolture, Toowoomba and Ipswich.

To express your interest in attending, please email info@handheartpocket.org.au