For over 20 years Cittamani Hospice Service on the Sunshine Coast has provided in-home palliative care support to over 3000 terminally ill patients and their families.
Today there is a growing need for their services in the region prompting the local Masonic Lodge to lend a hand.
Waverley-Palmwoods Lodge with the support of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, recently handed over two alternating air-mattresses which will add to the catalogue of specialised and essential equipment that the organisation loans out to families, including hospital beds, wheelchairs, commodes and more.
Lodge Secretary, Bill Niven said that making a difference on a local level has always been important to the Lodge.
“To think, that, this will help Cittamani provide comfort to more terminally ill people is so worthwhile in our eyes,” Bill said.
“Last year, we donated three wheelchairs and were keen to offer more support, particularly seeing as Cittamani provides its services free of charge, right from palliative care nurses, social and pastoral care workers, volunteers, through to bereavement support,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark praised Waverley-Palmwoods Lodge for standing by the local initiative.
“Showing compassion to those who are terminally ill and their families is something that Hand Heart Pocket can identify with, giving us every reason to match Waverley-Palmwoods Lodge’s donation,” Gary said.
“Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes through engagement with communities and this is a shining example of what can be achieved when we work together,” he said.
Photo: (from back) Waverley-Palmwoods Lodge representatives Graeme McIntyre, Brad Imberger and David Ledger with (from front) Cittamani’s Jo Newman, Sue Hart from Bunnings and Lodge Secretary Bill Niven.