Domestic violence victims in the Moreton Bay region have been given a hand up by the local Freemasons, empowering them to start over.
The Centre Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) will be able to provide more care packages for victims, after Pine Rivers Masonic Lodge with the assistance of Hand Heart Pocket donated $1000 towards the emergency relief scheme.
Pine Rivers Lodge Secretary, Ross Patching OAM said when a victim makes the brave decision to leave an abusive relationship, packing essential items like food, toiletries, clothing and toys is the last thing on their mind.
“We want victims to know that they are not alone and with support, they can lead a better life,” Ross said.
“We hope our donation shows clients that despite their recent experiences there are good non-violent men in society.”
“As well as setting a good example, we might even inspire the next generation of Freemasons in the region,” he said.
Last financial year CADA received over 3000 DV referrals from police, provided close to 6000 adults with crisis and counselling support, helped close to 2000 children access their child and youth services, while more than 6500 individuals were given court assistance.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark gave Pine Rivers Lodge the credit for identifying a worthy local cause.
“Giving domestic violence victims a hand up when they most need it, lines up with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about alleviating suffering and misfortune to lead a better life,” Gary said.
“Hand Heart Pocket was delighted to match the Lodge’s fundraising to help vulnerable women rebuild their lives,” he said.
Photo: Pine Rivers Masonic Lodge hands overs a cheque for $1000 to Centre Against Domestic Abuse representative Estrella H.
24 August 2018