Helping drought-affected Queenslanders is a cause Beaudesert Freemasons are passionate about, having recently presented Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland with a cheque for $250 towards their Drought Disaster Relief Appeal.
With Hand Heart Pocket donating an additional two dollars for every one dollar donated by its members and Masonic Lodges, the Beaudesert Freemasons' contribution was multiplied to a total of $750.
Beaudesert Freemason Len Undy said even though Masonic Lodges are well-known for supporting initiatives in their local area when a crisis of this magnitude occurs, they are quick to lend a hand to the wider community.
“When we see an opportunity to make a difference, we Freemasons are quick to roll up our sleeves and do what we can,” Len said.
“It’s great to know that our combined efforts will help struggling families and communities in drought-affected Queensland to get back on their feet,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark who accepted the cheque at a recent information session he held in Beaudesert, said the response has been amazing.
“We are grateful to the Beaudesert Freemasons 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: Beaudesert Freemasons donate $750 towards Hand Heart Pocket's Drought Disaster Relief Appeal.