Members from Mitchell Masonic Lodge made the 600km journey to Brisbane last week to kick off the Hand Heart Pocket 2017 Christmas Appeal with a generous $6000 donation.
The cheque handover took place at the Year in Review Event, moments after Chairman, Tom Wiltshire launched the Appeal, calling on all donors, supporters and members to help reach the $150,000 target.
The 2017 Christmas Appeal is dedicated to the Grand Master’s wife’s chosen charity, the Children’s Hospital Foundation. 100% of all donations will help support the rehabilitation of 600 critically ill Queensland children through the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) in Brisbane this year, funding vital rehabilitation services like music therapy sessions and equipment.
Mitchell Lodge representative, Bill Purcell said the Appeal resonated with their members, as a few had recently had great grandchildren treated at the Hospital.
“We are extremely proud to have been the first Lodge to support this year’s Christmas Appeal,” Bill said.
“Many of us are family men. Knowing that the rehabilitation specialists at the LCCH are committed to giving these children their lives back is so inspiring. Not only will our efforts help improve their quality of life, but increase their chances of getting home sooner,” he said.
Also, finding out that, of all the children treated at the LCCH this year, around half were from the regions, really struck a chord with the Lodge.
“It is quite possible that a young child from our own community could directly benefit from this donation and have the chance of a normal life.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark thanked Mitchell Lodge for their generosity and encouraged others to get behind the Appeal.
“For a Lodge that is such a long way from Brisbane, to relate to this Appeal, just shows the impact that this Hospital has already had on rebuilding the lives of Queensland’s sickest children,” Gary said.
“Supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation, to help fund vital rehabilitation equipment and services at the LCCH, aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives, and in this case, empowering, Queensland children impacted by a serious illness or injury to get home sooner,” he said.
“I’d like to remind members that all Lodge donations will be matched dollar for dollar, with no limits to be applied. I encourage all those that are yet to donate, to show their support.”
Photo: Representatives from Mitchell Masonic Lodge, Dave Walters, Ian Hotchin and Bill Purcell, alongside the Grand Master’s wife, Robyn Townson and the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Director of Development, Katrina Hart.