27 June 2018

A better night’s sleep for Mackay’s homeless

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People living on the streets in Mackay will get a better night’s sleep after the Mackay District Freemasons and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland teamed up to donate 40 swags to Community Accommodation & Support Agency (CASA).

Mackay Freemason David Willans said while the ultimate goal was to help people get a roof over their head, for those sleeping rough, having access to these waterproof and sturdy swags will ensure they are a little less exposed to the elements, especially during our harsh summers and chilly winters.

“We’re incredibly proud to have made the largest donation of swags that CASA has ever received,” David said.

“We raised our portion through our street stall at the local eat street, as well as our members working as parking controllers and keeping all the bins emptied. The other half of the funds were generously contributed by Hand Heart Pocket,” he said.

“Being charitable and being in tune with the needs of one’s community is an integral part of Freemasonry. So, it is our pleasure to help support this vital community service.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said support for the homeless aligned with the organisation’s values.

“Helping people overcome misfortune is what we advocate,” Gary said.

“Through our combined efforts, The Mackay District Freemasons and Hand Heart Pocket will be empowering the city’s homeless to get back on their feet and lead better lives,” he said.

Photo: Mackay District Freemasons Graeme Cowley of Calen Lodge, Dave Willans of Walkerston Lodge, Lorraine Wirth Manager of CASA (Mackay), Mark Marshall and Graham Townsend both of Calen Lodge.

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