Redcliffe’s less fortunate will be empowered to lead more independent lives after the local Freemasons provided a helping hand.
Encircle Redcliffe Neighbourhood Centre will be able to cover the essential public transport costs and pharmacy scripts of its clientele after receiving a $1,000 donation from Redcliffe First Settlement Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.
Encircle Chief Executive Officer Patrick Bulman said the hand up could be just what the clients need to turn over a new leaf.
“This donation has the potential to change lives,” Patrick said.
“For instance, having access to public transport, to get to a job interview, could put a person on the path to financial independence. Similarly, being able to take their medication when they need it, can vastly improve a person’s sense of wellbeing and community participation,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said supporting causes that improve men’s mental and physical health and women’s financial and physical security was part of the organisation’s long-term strategy and the reason why they were quick to support Redcliffe First Settlement Lodge with this initiative.
“Our focus is to provide sustainable support to charitable organisations that get limited funding from other sources but can provide a significant impact,” Gary said.
“By working with Redcliffe First Settlement Lodge we’ve been able to make a bigger difference, which is a wonderful outcome,” he said.
Photo: Encircle CEO Patrick Bulman with Redcliffe First Settlement Lodge representative Chris Brown.