27 August 2018

SANDBAG receives hand up at Masons’ centenary celebrations

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There was plenty to celebrate at Tynwald Masonic Lodge’s centenary celebrations, earlier this month, including the handover of $10k to empower disadvantaged locals to lead more independent lives.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland on behalf of Tynwald Masonic Lodge, provided the $10k grant to the Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group (SANDBAG Inc) – one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round.

The funds will allow SANDBAG to purchase vital office equipment such as laptops and furniture, to provide an enhanced learning environment for the upskilling of those doing it tough, in search of meaningful work.

Tynwald Masonic Lodge representative Peter Taylor said they were elated that their submission had been successful.

“This really was the perfect way to celebrate our 100 years in the local area. In all that time, Tynwald Lodge has been active in the community, supporting various causes that make a difference at a local level.” Peter said.

“In relation to SANDBAG, whether it’s a domestic violence victim looking to rebuild his or her life, a recently retrenched person needing to upskill, a disadvantaged person looking for a job or a senior citizen requiring some administrative assistance –every one of them can lead a better life with the support of this local organisation. Knowledge is power, and we are proud to champion that,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said they were all for supporting education initiatives that help to alleviate misfortune and empower people to lead more independent lives.

“Giving people a hand up to get back on their feet through education is what resonated with us,” Gary said.

“It’s our pleasure to have provided a hand up for SANDBAG, to make a bigger difference at a grassroots level together with Tynwald Masonic Lodge, as they celebrate such a significant milestone in their history,” he said.

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