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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.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland will have the opportunity to learn how to improve their lives by putting their health first, with the Maleny Freemasons to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 28 February, next week, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Maleny Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session in the 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.”

Maleny Freemason Arthur Trass said they’ve been promoting the event around the region and are hoping for a good turnout on the 28th.

“It’s important that we make an effort to concentrate on how we’re doing from time to time, no matter what age,” Mr Trass said.

“Please join us in supporting one another and learning about how to lead better lives through improving men’s health. Partners are also welcome.”

The Maleny Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 7pm on Friday, 28 February 2020 at the Maleny Masonic Centre on 30 Tamarind Street.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Earlier this week, 30 men and their families from across the Warwick region gathered at the Warwick SES Headquarters in an effort to put men’s health first at the Men’s Health Matters event hosted by the local Freemasons.

The Warwick 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.

Warwick Freemason Murray Sondergeld said it was great to see so many people come along to the Men’s Health Matters event, demonstrating the community’s commitment to improving the health of men in Warwick.

“We had some wonderful feedback from attendees after the event, and it was so heartening to see our community come together as they did to address men’s health,” Mr Sondergeld said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men in Warwick 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 focused on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 18 February, later this month, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Warwick 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.”

Warwick Freemason Murray Sondergeld said they hoped to see as many locals at the session.

“Our work outside of the Lodge is very much about supporting the community, and this free event will do just that,” Mr Sondergeld said.

“Join us as we aim to address men’s health as a community.”

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men in Brisbane will have the opportunity to discover how to lead better lives, with Baden Powell Freemasons Lodge of Stones Corner, set to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 15 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the local Baden Powell Freemasons Lodge, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in Stones Corner 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.”

Baden Powell Masonic Lodge representative David Roberts said they were proud to be hosting this event for the benefit of the local community.

“We always look for ways to give back to the community and this is another example of how we can help make a difference for others,” Mr Roberts said.

“Generally speaking, us gents don’t stop and reflect on how we’re feeling as often as we should. This really is an opportunity for men to take a better look at how they’re travelling health-wise.”

“I encourage everyone in the area, including partners, to attend this free event,” Mr Roberts said.

The Baden Powell Men’s Health Matters information session will take place on Saturday 15 February from 10am at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre at 17 Cleveland Street, Greenslopes.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Earlier this month, men from across Yeppoon gathered to discover how to lead better lives at a Men’s Health Matters event hosted by the local Freemasons.

Held at the Yeppoon 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. 

Yeppoon Freemason Philip Livingston said they were proud to have hosted this event for the benefit of the community.

“Having spoken to a number of the gents following the event, it sounds like they got a lot out of it and will be making some positive changes to improve their overall health,” Mr Livingston said.

“The ripple effect that this will have can only be a good thing.”

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.

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.

Photo: Yeppoon Freemason Richard Benson and CheckUP Facilitator Rudy Vander Hoeven.

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Men on the Fraser 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 12 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Maryborough Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in Maryborough 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 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.”

Maryborough Freemason Russell Darcy said they were looking forward to welcoming the community into the Masonic Centre for the event.

“This is another way that we can make a positive impact in our community, on top of our charity work,” Mr Darcy said.

“The forum will give us men the chance to take stock of our health in a relaxed manner, to talk and learn about a range of topics related to our health and wellbeing.

"We encourage everyone in the region to attend,” he said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

With the construction of Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Hervey Bay’s new $1.3 Million vessel now underway, two Wide Bay Freemasons have dropped in to see how things are progressing.

Today, Freemasons Peter Keller and John Parsons visited Allweld Manufacturing’s workshop in Maryborough to inspect Rescue 1, the 11.94-metre vessel which will be used to conduct patrols and rescues off the increasingly busy Fraser Coast. Last year, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland on behalf of its members, provided a $400,000 Significant Grant towards the construction of the vessel. At the time VMR Hervey Bay had secured $160,000 in state government funding and had raised more than $767,000. A number of Lodges in the region championed the grant, helping to get the initiative over the line.

Wide Bay Freemason Peter Keller said it was exciting to see the vessel take shape.

“Today’s visit enabled us to see firsthand the sketches and modelling come to life. Seven of the aluminium frames are already in place, which will make up the middle part of the vessel,” Peter said.

VMR Hervey Bay Commodore John Smith said Rescue 1 is on track for completion in September and will be ready for service towards the end of the year.

Rescue 1 will enable VMR Hervey Bay to be sustainable in the long-term and will allow us to continue providing marine safety services in Queensland’s third-busiest rescue zone,” Commodore Smith said.

“In the past year alone, we have helped 381 people, responded to over 100 calls for assistance from disabled vessels, responded to fifteen sinking or grounded vessels, and conducted over 60 medical evacuations and 10 search and rescue missions.”

“With tourism and on-water recreational activity increasing in this region those numbers are only going to go up.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the key to sustainable support is in providing a hand up, not a hand-out.

“Our focus has been to support communities, charities and individuals that have limited access to other funding sources. We’re proud to have helped VMR Hervey Bay to deliver essential services into the future,” Mr Mark said.

“We look forward to joining the people of the Wide Bay region for the commissioning of the new vessel later this year," he said. 

Photo: Allweld Manufacturing's Josh Linwood, Wide Bay Freemasons John Parsons and Peter Keller, alongside Marine Rescue Hervey Bay Vice Commodore Jill Barclay.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men in Yeppoon 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.

This Saturday, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Yeppoon Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in Yeppoon 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 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.”

Yeppoon Freemason Philip Livingston said the Men’s Health Matters campaign was a great opportunity for local Freemasons to serve the community.

“Us men tend not to worry about our health, so this forum will be a good starting point for anyone wanting to make a positive change in relation to their overall wellbeing,” Mr Livingston said.

“We encourage everyone in Yeppoon and the wider area to come along to this free event.”

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

In February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and the Carpentaria Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in Yungaburra, Tully and Cairns 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 initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free public information sessions 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.”

Carpentaria District Grand Master Henry Condon said by having three separate events as many Far North Queenslanders as possible will be able to participate.

“We have a presence in many FNQ communities, from Port Douglas down to Tully and out to Georgetown. Our members on the Atherton Tablelands, in Tully and in Cairns have taken the lead to host a session in their area,” Henry said.

“We’re known for our charity work, however providing a forum where men can talk and find out more about their health and wellbeing in a comfortable setting is yet another way that we can make a difference in the region.”

“I would urge our members in Far North Queensland to come along to one of these events and bring along their friends, family and neighbours. 

The Carpentaria leg of the Men’s Health Matters events will kick off in Cairns at the Freshwater Masonic Centre on Friday 28 February at 9:30am. This will be followed by the Atherton Tablelands event also on Friday 28 February at the Yungaburra Masonic Centre commencing at 5pm. The final session for the Far North will be held at Tully on Saturday 29 February starting at 2.00pm at the Tully Masonic Centre.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland will have the opportunity to learn how to improve their lives by putting their health first, with the Maleny Freemasons to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 28 February, next week, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Maleny Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session in the 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.”

Maleny Freemason Arthur Trass said they’ve been promoting the event around the region and are hoping for a good turnout on the 28th.

“It’s important that we make an effort to concentrate on how we’re doing from time to time, no matter what age,” Mr Trass said.

“Please join us in supporting one another and learning about how to lead better lives through improving men’s health. Partners are also welcome.”

The Maleny Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 7pm on Friday, 28 February 2020 at the Maleny Masonic Centre on 30 Tamarind Street.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Earlier this week, 30 men and their families from across the Warwick region gathered at the Warwick SES Headquarters in an effort to put men’s health first at the Men’s Health Matters event hosted by the local Freemasons.

The Warwick 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.

Warwick Freemason Murray Sondergeld said it was great to see so many people come along to the Men’s Health Matters event, demonstrating the community’s commitment to improving the health of men in Warwick.

“We had some wonderful feedback from attendees after the event, and it was so heartening to see our community come together as they did to address men’s health,” Mr Sondergeld said.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men in Warwick 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 focused on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 18 February, later this month, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Warwick 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.”

Warwick Freemason Murray Sondergeld said they hoped to see as many locals at the session.

“Our work outside of the Lodge is very much about supporting the community, and this free event will do just that,” Mr Sondergeld said.

“Join us as we aim to address men’s health as a community.”

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men in Brisbane will have the opportunity to discover how to lead better lives, with Baden Powell Freemasons Lodge of Stones Corner, set to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.

On 15 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the local Baden Powell Freemasons Lodge, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in Stones Corner 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.”

Baden Powell Masonic Lodge representative David Roberts said they were proud to be hosting this event for the benefit of the local community.

“We always look for ways to give back to the community and this is another example of how we can help make a difference for others,” Mr Roberts said.

“Generally speaking, us gents don’t stop and reflect on how we’re feeling as often as we should. This really is an opportunity for men to take a better look at how they’re travelling health-wise.”

“I encourage everyone in the area, including partners, to attend this free event,” Mr Roberts said.

The Baden Powell Men’s Health Matters information session will take place on Saturday 15 February from 10am at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre at 17 Cleveland Street, Greenslopes.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Earlier this month, men from across Yeppoon gathered to discover how to lead better lives at a Men’s Health Matters event hosted by the local Freemasons.

Held at the Yeppoon 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. 

Yeppoon Freemason Philip Livingston said they were proud to have hosted this event for the benefit of the community.

“Having spoken to a number of the gents following the event, it sounds like they got a lot out of it and will be making some positive changes to improve their overall health,” Mr Livingston said.

“The ripple effect that this will have can only be a good thing.”

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.

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.

Photo: Yeppoon Freemason Richard Benson and CheckUP Facilitator Rudy Vander Hoeven.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket’s philosophy

Men on the Fraser 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 12 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Maryborough Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in Maryborough 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 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.”

Maryborough Freemason Russell Darcy said they were looking forward to welcoming the community into the Masonic Centre for the event.

“This is another way that we can make a positive impact in our community, on top of our charity work,” Mr Darcy said.

“The forum will give us men the chance to take stock of our health in a relaxed manner, to talk and learn about a range of topics related to our health and wellbeing.

"We encourage everyone in the region to attend,” he said.

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With the construction of Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Hervey Bay’s new $1.3 Million vessel now underway, two Wide Bay Freemasons have dropped in to see how things are progressing.

Today, Freemasons Peter Keller and John Parsons visited Allweld Manufacturing’s workshop in Maryborough to inspect Rescue 1, the 11.94-metre vessel which will be used to conduct patrols and rescues off the increasingly busy Fraser Coast. Last year, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland on behalf of its members, provided a $400,000 Significant Grant towards the construction of the vessel. At the time VMR Hervey Bay had secured $160,000 in state government funding and had raised more than $767,000. A number of Lodges in the region championed the grant, helping to get the initiative over the line.

Wide Bay Freemason Peter Keller said it was exciting to see the vessel take shape.

“Today’s visit enabled us to see firsthand the sketches and modelling come to life. Seven of the aluminium frames are already in place, which will make up the middle part of the vessel,” Peter said.

VMR Hervey Bay Commodore John Smith said Rescue 1 is on track for completion in September and will be ready for service towards the end of the year.

Rescue 1 will enable VMR Hervey Bay to be sustainable in the long-term and will allow us to continue providing marine safety services in Queensland’s third-busiest rescue zone,” Commodore Smith said.

“In the past year alone, we have helped 381 people, responded to over 100 calls for assistance from disabled vessels, responded to fifteen sinking or grounded vessels, and conducted over 60 medical evacuations and 10 search and rescue missions.”

“With tourism and on-water recreational activity increasing in this region those numbers are only going to go up.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the key to sustainable support is in providing a hand up, not a hand-out.

“Our focus has been to support communities, charities and individuals that have limited access to other funding sources. We’re proud to have helped VMR Hervey Bay to deliver essential services into the future,” Mr Mark said.

“We look forward to joining the people of the Wide Bay region for the commissioning of the new vessel later this year," he said. 

Photo: Allweld Manufacturing's Josh Linwood, Wide Bay Freemasons John Parsons and Peter Keller, alongside Marine Rescue Hervey Bay Vice Commodore Jill Barclay.

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Men in Yeppoon 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.

This Saturday, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Yeppoon Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in Yeppoon 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 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.”

Yeppoon Freemason Philip Livingston said the Men’s Health Matters campaign was a great opportunity for local Freemasons to serve the community.

“Us men tend not to worry about our health, so this forum will be a good starting point for anyone wanting to make a positive change in relation to their overall wellbeing,” Mr Livingston said.

“We encourage everyone in Yeppoon and the wider area to come along to this free event.”

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In February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and the Carpentaria Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session in Yungaburra, Tully and Cairns 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 initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free public information sessions 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.”

Carpentaria District Grand Master Henry Condon said by having three separate events as many Far North Queenslanders as possible will be able to participate.

“We have a presence in many FNQ communities, from Port Douglas down to Tully and out to Georgetown. Our members on the Atherton Tablelands, in Tully and in Cairns have taken the lead to host a session in their area,” Henry said.

“We’re known for our charity work, however providing a forum where men can talk and find out more about their health and wellbeing in a comfortable setting is yet another way that we can make a difference in the region.”

“I would urge our members in Far North Queensland to come along to one of these events and bring along their friends, family and neighbours. 

The Carpentaria leg of the Men’s Health Matters events will kick off in Cairns at the Freshwater Masonic Centre on Friday 28 February at 9:30am. This will be followed by the Atherton Tablelands event also on Friday 28 February at the Yungaburra Masonic Centre commencing at 5pm. The final session for the Far North will be held at Tully on Saturday 29 February starting at 2.00pm at the Tully Masonic Centre.

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People experiencing homelessness in Maryborough will soon have access to additional support to get back on their feet as plans to open a new 12-bed homeless shelter get underway.

Spearheaded by Sheltered by Grace and PresCare, the initiative recently drew the attention of the wife of the Grand Master of the Freemasons United Grand Lodge of Queensland, Waveny Holland. Along with the support of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, Waveny has donated $3,160 towards renovations to the Neptune Street site. A range of essential supplies including toiletries, socks and underwear, were also donated.

“Being Christmas, I hosted a children’s Christmas function for Freemason families. It’s as a result of their generosity that I was able to raise these funds, which Hand Heart Pocket then matched,” Waveny said.

The afternoon of fun and games also included a performance by magician and Freemason Eric Summons, who was hugely popular in the 80s for his work on TV. Eric kindly donated his time as his contribution.

“When you hear that something like 89 people in Maryborough are turned away from shelters each day, simply due to a lack of space, it shows that this new accommodation couldn’t come soon enough,” Waveny said.

“I understand that a call has been put out for tradesmen to donate their time whilst others in the community are donating building materials, therefore many people are doing what they can to support the initiative,” she said.

In addition to providing a safe place to stay, there will be 24/7 onsite support at the Shelter. Plus, with the local hospital and mental health services on its doorstep, residents will have a range of services close at hand.

This is the second time that the Grand Master’s wife has donated to Sheltered by Grace. In September 2019 with the help of Hand Heart Pocket, she donated $2,000 for a new oven and a range of essential items to the Sheltered by Grace homeless shelter in Logan City.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said supporting charities that provide a hand up for those in times of adversity aligns with their values.

“Alleviating misfortune and empowering people to lead more independent lives is at the heart of our work. Similarly, backing initiatives that enhance men’s mental and physical health and women’s financial and physical security forms part of our charitable intent,” Gary said.

“We are proud to once again provide grassroots support to the Grand Master’s wife in her efforts to improve outcomes for people living on the streets in Maryborough,” he said.

Photo: The wife of the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland, Waveny Holland handing over the $3,160 donation to Sheltered by Grace founder Jason Loakes.

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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