Proceeds from the sale of their pocket diary have helped Stanley Lodge to support Queenslanders impacted by the drought. Along with the assistance of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, $10,560 was donated 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 Stanley Lodge Freemasons’ (meeting at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre) $3520 contribution has been tripled.
Stanley Masonic Lodge Secretary Ron Anderson said with so many Queenslanders struggling as a direct result of the drought, they wanted to do their bit to help.
“We decided to donate the proceeds from the sale of our Stanley Pocket Diary,” Ron said.
“We are really pleased that with the help of Hand Heart Pocket we’ve been able to provide $10,560 to support drought-affected communities. It’s great to know our efforts will go towards helping so many people,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the response has been amazing.
“We are grateful to Stanley Masonic Lodge 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 $300,000 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 over $1.3 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: Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark and General Manager Marketing and Public Relations Karen Tilke with Stanley Masonic Lodge representatives John Irwin and Ron Anderson as they discuss the impact of their donation to drought-affected Queenslanders.