12 January 2017

Specialised equipment benefits children with Spina Bifida

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In addition to securing a Dollar for Dollar subsidy through Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, Mt Pleasant Lodge’s yearlong fundraising efforts from 2016 have culminated in a donation of close to $8500 being made to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland (SBH Queensland).

Lodge Secretary, Trevor Green said the funds will allow SBH Queensland to purchase a range of specialised equipment such as a mobility aid, physiotherapy equipment and portable potty toilet seats (not subsidised by the government) to improve the lives of children living with Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus.

“The Lodge was compelled to support the work of SBH Queensland after hearing firsthand the challenges these families face,” Trevor said.

“We understand that the organisation will look to loan this new equipment to families on a temporary basis.”

“If through our fundraising efforts we can make a difference for these children and their families then we have accomplished what we set out to do,” Trevor said.

According to data from the Department of Health, each year roughly 150 babies are born with Spina Bifida in Australia.

Both Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus are lifelong conditions. The effects of Spina Bifida can include difficulty with coordination, mobility, muscle control, learning and even paralysis. While the effects of Hydrocephalus include drowsiness, headaches, neck pain, blurred vision and incontinence to name a few.

Photo: One of the many fundraisers held during 2016 to raise the funds donated to Spina Bifida Queensland.

Find out more about other health initiatives to have benefitted from a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar subsidy.