Blood cancer patients from regional and rural North Queensland who have no choice but to travel to Townsville for treatment are set to benefit from an $8000 donation made to the Leaukemia Foundation.
Donated by Calen Masonic Lodge in conjunction with a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, the funds will go towards replacing the kitchen cooktops in 10 of the 18 self-contained units at the Leukaemia Foundation’s Queensland Freemasons Village in Townsville. The Village is a home away from home for regional blood cancer patients who stay in Townsville for the duration of their treatment.
Lodge Secretary Graham Townsend said although the Lodge was based in Mackay, their decision to support the Townsville site was unanimous.
“Calen Lodge is delighted to see the funds go towards the upkeep of the Village that Freemasons have supported for many years,” Graham said.
“In many cases blood cancer patients from all over regional North Queensland, including Mackay, travel hundreds of kilometers to undergo treatment in Townsville.”
“Being able to stay at the Queensland Freemasons Village, which is located on the grounds of the Townsville Hospital, eliminates the need to find accommodation at a time when stress levels are already high,” he said.
For Calen Lodge, the donation was also about honouring the vision of the Freemasons who pledged $1.2 million towards the construction of the Village in the early 2000s.
“As Freemasons whose forebears contributed to the development of this Village, we feel that it’s important to support the Leukemia Foundation whatever way we can, to provide a modern home away from home for those undergoing treatment for blood cancer in Townsville,” Graham said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, congratulated Calen Lodge for their fundraising efforts.
“Calen Lodge is a group comprised of compassionate, giving and proactive men who have a long history of making a difference in the community. Hand Heart Pocket was ready to support them with their latest charitable endeavour,” Gary said.
The Queensland Freemasons Village in Townsville is one of five accommodation centres operated by the Leukaemia Foundation in Queensland.
Photo: The Leukaemia Foundation’s T’aire Olsen, with Calen Lodge Freemasons Worren Thomson and Graeme Townsend.