Rehabilitation specialists at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have been given a hand up, to help rebuild the lives of Queensland’s critically ill kids and get them home sooner, following a generous donation from the state’s Masonic charity on behalf of its members.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation will be investing 100% of the $150,000 donation from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, towards the purchase of vital rehabilitation equipment and important services that are solely funded by donations, like music therapy. These play a key role in helping to get more than 600 critically ill kids home sooner from the Brisbane-based hospital each year.
Funds were raised through Hand Heart Pocket’s 2017 Christmas Appeal, in conjunction with the organisation’s network of Masonic Lodges throughout Queensland.
Rosie Simpson, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation said the donation would benefit sick kids and their families from all over Queensland.
“Every year the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital cares for more than 230,000 critically ill or injured children across Queensland and Northern New South Wales with just over 40 per cent of these kids from regional or rural areas.
“While some stay for only a few days or weeks, others stay for months or years, until they are well enough to go home and even then, many need to undergo rehabilitation in their community.
“Thanks to the support of Hand Heart Pocket we can continue to fund vital medical equipment and important services that are solely funded by donations, like music therapy, at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to help kids on their rehabilitation journey to get better and go home sooner with their families,” she said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said support for contemporary families was part of their long-term strategy and thanked the Masonic Lodges throughout the state who supported this appeal.
“Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes, to Queensland charities and individuals that have limited access to other funding sources.
“The hospital’s family-focused approach to recovery resonates with Hand Heart Pocket’s values, which are about alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead more independent lives. Also, many of our members identified with these families who travel hundreds, if not thousands of kilometres for expert hospital care – so the sooner they can return home, with the tools to navigate their new lives, the better.
“I would like to thank the wife of the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland for bringing the work of the Children’s Hospital Foundation to our attention – which she has chosen to support during her husband’s three-year term. May our joint efforts change lives,” he said.
Photo: Representatives from Hand Heart Pocket handover a cheque for $150,000 on behalf of its members to representatives from the Children's Hospital Foundation. Pictured also are the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson and his wife Robyn Townson.