30 October 2018

Mackay Freemasons unite to help drought-affected Queenslanders

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Through the combined efforts of the Mackay Freemasons and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland an incredible $72,000 has been donated towards the organisation’s Drought Disaster Relief Appeal to assist drought-affected Queenslanders.

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 Mackay District Freemasons’ $24,000 contribution has been tripled.

Mackay Freemason Graham Townsend said the money raised is indicative of Freemasons’ community spirit and commitment to helping others.    

“Freemasons of the Mackay region actively support local causes, but with the drought affecting so many Queenslanders across the state, we knew we had to get behind them,” Graham said.

“It’s great to know that with the help of Hand Heart Pocket so many people will benefit from our efforts,” he said. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the response has been amazing.

“We are grateful to the Mackay District Freemasons for their efforts – they’ve been phenomenal,” 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: Lodge Secretaries of the District - Alan Hutchison of Mackay Lodge, Graham Townsend of Hamilton-Calen Lodge, Col Ritchie  of Walkerston Lodge, Ken Bayliss of Star of the North Lodge and Alan Cameron of Sarina Lodge.

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