Those doing it tough in drought-affected parts of the state have received the support of the Kenilworth Freemasons, who along with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $3,000 towards their Drought Disaster Relief Appeal.
The initiative, which has seen Hand Heart Pocket donate an additional two dollars for every one dollar donated by its members and Masonic Lodges, meant that the Kenilworth Freemasons’ $1000 contribution has been tripled.
Kenilworth Masonic Lodge representative Colin Elrington said members were quick to turn their charitable efforts towards the cause.
“Fundraising for drought-affected Queenslanders aligns with our goal of helping those in need, and with Hand Heart Pocket’s addition to our donation, we’ve been able to provide $3000,” Colin said.
“It’s really good to know that our contribution will be going towards supporting both families and communities impacted by the drought.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the response has been amazing.
“We are grateful to the Kenilworth Freemasons for their efforts,” Gary said.
“Freemasons across the state have rallied to make a significant contribution towards providing a hand-up for drought-affected families and communities – collectively contributing over $435,000 with Hand Heart Pocket over the past six weeks. This takes the total funds distributed over the last four years, on behalf of Freemasons, to almost $1.44 Million, this is an extraordinary effort across our membership”.
With this money, Hand Heart Pocket will provide Eftpos cards to be distributed through its partners on the ground so that funds can get to where they are needed most, helping to put food on the table and pay for essential bills.
“We’ll be working with the Western Drought Appeal and their associated distribution channels, the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Queensland Education and the School of Distant Education parent support group to distribute the Eftpos cards to where they are needed most,” said Gary.
Photo: Freemasons Queensland representative Chris Pyke and Kenilworth Masonic Lodge representative Colin Elrington.
29 October 2018