Hervey Bay Daylight Lodge in conjunction with a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland has donated $2000 towards Hervey Bay Special School’s kitchen garden program.
Assistant Lodge Secretary David Hall said a new refrigerator, microwave and a number of other kitchen appliances had been purchased for the newly renovated kitchen where students learn to prepare meals with produce they themselves have grown at the School. Students also learn how to set the table and what it means to have good table manners.
“We really admire the dedication of the teaching staff at Hervey Bay Special School and their efforts to equip students with valuable life skills regardless of their disability,” David said.
“So for us it was about supporting the School and giving students a creative outlet to express themselves and discover new things,” he said.
To say thank you for the donation the Lodge was invited to a special dinner prepared by the students.
“We had Vietnamese spring rolls for entrée, a pasta dish with homemade sauce and pasta made from scratch with the new pasta machine and for desert we had chocolate cheese cake.”
“It was to die for!” David said.
At present, three different classes take part in the School’s kitchen garden program. Each time the teacher selects a country to focus on and students learn about the culture and food of that region.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said the Lodge should be commended for supporting such a hands-on program.
“Hand Heart Pocket is delighted to have been able to support Hervey Bay Daylight Lodge with this important live-changing initiative,” Gary said.
Photo: Hervey Bay Special School, Principal, Reno Tieppo with teachers from the school and David Hall from Hervey Bay Daylight Lodge (second from right).