Proserpine Meals on Wheels is set to get a new vehicle to help with the delivery of hundreds of meals in the community, following the efforts of the local Freemasons.
Needing a total of $27k for the new vehicle, Proserpine-Whitsunday Masonic Lodge contributed $5k while securing $22k from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland through their Grassroots Grants initiatives.
Proserpine-Whitsundays Masonic Lodge Secretary Anton Yuskan said they were proud to help the local service in this way.
“We’re really pleased to be able to provide a hand up to Proserpine Meals on Wheels. In addition to delivering meals around Proserpine, Airlie Beach and Cannonvale, the new vehicle will allow Meals on Wheels to potentially expand its service to Dingo Beach, Hydeaway Beach, Conway and Wilson’s beaches and even Midge Point down the track,” Anton said.
“A more reliable and economical vehicle will help Meals on Wheels to reach out to more of those in our community that need not just a good meal but companionship – significantly improving their quality of life and enabling them to remain at home for longer,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said support services that seek to empower people to lead better lives aligned with the organisation’s purpose.
“We’re all for providing sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes to charitable organisations that have limited access to other funding sources,” Gary said.
“Also supporting initiatives that help the aged members of our community is a key area that we seek to support as part of our long-term strategy.”
“Thanks to the local knowledge of Proserpine-Whitsundays Masonic Lodge, who identified this important initiative, we’ve been able to work together to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level,” he said.
Photo: Proserpine-Whitsunday Freemason Ross Hughes, Proserpine Meals on Wheels representatives Helen Maynard-Turner and Paul Eakin and Proserpine-Whitsunday Freemason Anton Yuskan.