Barcaldine Freemasons and Barcaldine Men’s Shed recently cast light on men’s health through a morning tea, supported by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA).
The event is one of many being held across Queensland throughout September and October as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Father’s Day Appeal where AMSA will deliver its Spanner in the Works? men’s health checks and funds will be raised for local Men’s Sheds.
“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Shed Association. Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.
“Support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health aligns with the organisation’s long-term strategy,” he said.
The events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.
“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.
At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.
“The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.
Local Freemason Kevin Kerr said men’s health is a large area of societal need that should be focused on and openly discussed.
“Sitting down and talking to someone about your physical and mental health and asking a mate about theirs can really make a difference,” he said.
“The morning tea, which was supported by Hand Heart Pocket and the Australian Men’s Sheds Association, was a great way to get conversations going in a relaxed environment,” said Kevin.
Photo: Freemason John Moller (right) sits down with CW Health Service's Stephen Dancy (left) and Community Nurse Steph Winter (centre) for a free health check.