Enhancing the wellbeing of patients at the Leukaemia Foundation Queensland Freemasons Village in Townsville was top of mind when the local Freemasons made their latest donation.
St Andrew of Townsville Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, recently joined forces to replace two recliner chairs in the self-contained unit complex on the grounds of Townsville Hospital – donating $3000.
Lodge representative Bob Heritage said supporting the families that stay at the complex for the duration of their treatment has always been important to the Lodge.
“What this facility does is allow families to stay together, instead of having to be apart, as they undergo treatment, so it’s vital that their stay is comfortable and homely,” Bob said.
“Indeed, the Freemasons of Queensland have played an integral role in the complex since day dot, having donated $1.2 million towards its construction 15 years ago – of which St Andrew of Townsville Lodge contributed $120k.”
“So, from time to time, we look to provide a hand up to strengthen the special bond that we have with the place,” Bob said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said by working closely with St Andrew of Townsville Masonic Lodge, a bigger difference could be made at a grassroots level.
“Providing a hand up to Leukaemia patients by making their home away from home more comfortable aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.
“Therefore, we were proud to double the impact of the Lodge’s charity work,” he said.
Photo: (standing) St Andrew of Townsville Masonic Lodge representative Bob Heritage, (seated) Village client Bill Flynn from Clermont and Leukaemia Foundation Queensland Freemasons Village Centre Manager Marie Morris.