Rockhampton’s most vulnerable are in line to benefit from a $10k grant awarded to the local arm of Anglicare.
Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, on behalf of the local Freemasons, provided the funding for the organisation – making it one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round.
Anglicare Central Queensland will channel the funds towards their essential programs and services which range from homelessness, emergency relief, foster care, child protection, mental health and financial counselling services.
Central Queensland Daylight Masonic Lodge representative Randall Borg said it’s wonderful that this funding will directly impact those in immediate need.
“Helping people to get back on their feet is something we as Freemasons strive to do throughout our lives and it’s the reason why we were so keen to champion the work of Anglicare Central Queensland,” Randall said.
“We’re delighted that through the assistance of Hand Heart Pocket, we’ve been able to make a bigger difference in our community.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Anglicare’s efforts to provide a hand up for those most vulnerable in the community aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead more independent lives.
“Similarly, support for initiatives that promote men’s mental and physical health and women’s financial and physical security are equally important to us, as this forms part of our long-term strategy,” Gary said.
“A big thank you to Central Queensland Daylight Lodge for being attentive to the needs of their community and putting Anglicare forward for this grant,” he said.
Photo: Central Queensland Daylight Masonic Lodge representative Arthur Kelly hands over a cheque for $10k to Suzie Christensen CEO Anglicare CQ – one of the recipients of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants.