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03 May 2018

Schoolgirl empowered to lead a more independent life

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A young schoolgirl has been empowered to lead a more independent life after Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland on behalf of the Mackay Freemasons, helped to get her a new, specialised wheelchair.

Young Chloe, whose family is originally from Mackay, urgently needed to upgrade her wheelchair, having been born with Spina Bifida, when the local Freemasons became aware of her situation.

Mackay District Freemasons representative David Willans said even though the family lived in Brisbane, the Freemasons wanted to do their bit.

“We always look to provide a hand up in our community and when we saw the plea for donations from Chloe’s Grandma, who lives in Mackay, we wanted to help,” David said.

“If Chloe had waited until the NDIS was rolled out, she would have well and truly outgrown her old wheelchair – so our support came at the right time.”

“While we couldn’t be there in Brisbane to see Chloe using her new wheelchair, we are immensely grateful to the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland for meeting with Chloe’s family on our behalf,” David said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said this is a fine example of the difference that can be made at a grassroots level when Lodge’s and Hand Heart Pocket work together.

“Alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead better lives are what we stand for and improving the quality of life of a young girl with Spina Bifida aligns with that,” Gary said.

“We thank the Freemasons of Mackay for bringing this worthy initiative to our attention,” Gary said.

Photo: Chloe (center) and her parents Naomi (second left) and Robert (far right), with the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson (far left) and the Grand Secretary Ian Tomlinson (center right).

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