For the past five years, the Freemasons of Ipswich have dedicated their annual fundraiser to Guide Dogs Queensland, raising vital funds to empower Queenslanders with low or no vision to lead better lives.
Last week, United Tradesmen’s Lodge handed over a cheque for $10,000 with the help of Hand Heart Pocket – bringing their collective contribution to over $38,000 in five years.
Lodge Secretary Ian Brown said funds raised at this year’s Dining in the Dark event would go towards purchasing equipment for Guide Dogs Queensland’s recently refurbished breeding centre, where it’s newest canine recruits are trained.
“At United Tradesmen’s Lodge, we believe that everyone is equal,” Ian said.
“It’s important that people with low or no vision get the support they need to lead independent lives, and Guide Dogs Queensland provides a range of services to improve the mobility and ultimately the quality of life of those who are in this position,” he said.
“The stepmother of one of our Lodge members is vision impaired and is the inspiration behind our annual Dining in the Dark event. While it’s great fun to have dinner blindfolded and take part in sensory games, the evening is really about raising vital funds and getting a sense of the challenges faced by those with low or no vision,” he said.
Ian revealed that the event brought people from far and wide but wanted to thank the people of Ipswich for standing by them.
“The generosity of the local community continues to amaze us. We are grateful for all the support we received from businesses in the area who donated items for the auctions and raffles. We could not have hosted this event without their support.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark congratulated United Tradesmen’s Lodge on their continued efforts.
“It’s great to see this annual event go from strength to strength. United Tradesmen’s Lodge has done a tremendous job of raising the profile of Masonic charity in the community while supporting a worthy cause.
“Of course, Hand Heart Pocket was only too happy to support them again this year because we share in the view that by empowering people to lead better lives we make our community a better a place,” he said.
Photo: Guests at the 5th Annual Dining in the Dark Ipswich event feasting on a two course meal in blindfolds.