Children and teenagers with disabilities will be empowered to live life to the fullest after Dunellan Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket joined forces to support BestLife Foundation.
The $1200 donation will be allocated to their sleepover program, which is one of several away-from-home experiences that the organisation provides for 6 to 19-year-olds with disabilities.
Dunellan Lodge Secretary, Colin Clapper said the donation would cover the associated costs of four children participating in the sleepover program.
“Having a disability shouldn’t stop you from living life to the full, but often, that is the reality for many of these children, who simply miss out on having fun,” Colin said.
“Every parent wants the best for their child, but managing the complex day-to-day care needs of their child can be a challenge in itself – which is why the work of BestLife is so vital,” he said.
“These sleepovers allow children to be children, to cultivate life skills and become more independent in a supervised environment. It’s no surprise that there is a long waiting list for this program,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark applauded Dunellan Lodge for giving back to the community.
“We can see why Dunellan Lodge wanted to support this important initiative which ensures that children with disabilities are not isolated,” Gary said.
“Improving the quality of life of children with disabilities and equipping them with the skills to lead a more independent life, are in keeping with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives.”
“It is for these reasons that Hand Heart Pocket was more than happy to support the local Freemasons with their latest charitable endeavour,” he said.
Photo: Dunellan Masonic Lodge representatives Craig Blanch and Con Carides hand over a cheque for $1200 to BestLife Foundation representative Kath Coory.