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Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland announced today at Hermit Park State School a donation of $80,000 to the Joyful Foundation.  Funds were raised through the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal, in conjunction with its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the State.

The donation will allow the Joyful Foundation to support North Queensland’s disadvantaged primary school students to reach their full potential by providing them with basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and the cost of extra-curricular activities and excursions for those who might normally go without.

The Townsville-based Masonic initiative is the legacy of former Hermit Park State School Teacher, the late Joy Donnellan, who passed away in October 2011 after an aggressive battle with cancer. Joy often took it upon herself to buy school supplies and other basic essentials for children in need to ensure every student had the opportunity to succeed.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said that the target for this appeal had been exceed by $30,000, allowing more to be done to support students in a region that has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

“We are delighted that through the funds already disbursed from our Christmas Appeal the Joyful Foundation has been able to expand its program from 44 schools to 63 schools in North Queensland with a record 600 stationery packs delivered within the first week of the school year alone,” Gary said.

“To provide a greater impact, Hand Heart Pocket matched the fundraising efforts of its Lodges dollar for dollar, bringing the total we could donate to $80,000. Now schools as far north as Cardwell and Tully; Julia Creek, Cloncurry and Mt Isa out west and; Ayr and Home Hill south of Townsville are able to receive this potentially life-changing support from the Joyful Foundation,” he said.

Joyful Foundation Founder, Freemason and father of Joy, Ron Donnellan, said that he was grateful for all those who invested in the future of North Queensland.

These students have a real chance of flourishing in the classroom instead of falling behind,” Ron said.

“It’s not until you go and speak to the Principals and Teachers in these schools that you realise how much need there is in the community,” he said.

“Joy would be wrapped, she took her job of empowering students to be their best, seriously. It is a privilege to carry on this important life-changing work and help shape the future of North Queensland,” Ron said.

Photo: Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark with Joyful Foundation Founder, Ron Donnellan. 

Find out how you can make a difference by donating to Hand Heart Pocket. 

Before handing in its warrant late last year Freemasons from the Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter together with a Dollar for Dollar subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated just over $2000 to an association enhancing the lives of people with disabilities on Brisbane’s bayside.

Essential equipment including a new lawn mower, washing machine and pantry cabinets will be purchased for Aid and Recreational Association for the Disabled (ARAD) in Wynnum – a volunteer-run day centre which provides its clients with the opportunity to participate in leisure activities to boost their confidence and cultivate life skills.

Former Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter Recorder Rod Powell said the old equipment which was often in need of repair had become a distraction for volunteers.

“Aid and Recreational Association for the Disabled is a place where people with disabilities can come to pursue their interests and learn new skills whether that be to learn how to cook, sew, learn the art of woodwork, horticulture or simply go to the movies, swimming pool or on a scenic drive,” Rod said.

“For some of the clients this is the only place where they can mix and be part of the community. We are so proud that there is a service of this kind in our community and want to see it continue for many years to come,” he said.

Aid and Recreational Association for the Disabled Secretary Bev Mitchell, said the association very much appreciated the donation.

“Without the support of the community we would find it impossible to keep going. For groups like the Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter to recognise what we’re doing and think it’s worthwhile supporting, means a lot to us,” Bev said.

Similarly, Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark praised the now disbanded Chapter’s charitable efforts over the years.

“Hand Heart Pocket would like to recognise the contribution Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter has made to the local community,” Gary said.

“We were only too happy to support them and this important local initiative that is having a positive impact on all who come across it,” he said.

Photo: Aid and Recreational Association for the Disabled (ARAD) President Mary Guy, Former Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter Recorder Rod Powell, volunteer Betty McKercher and ARAD Secretary Bev Mitchell. 

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

Mooloolah Lodge, in conjunction with a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated over $2500 to the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) in Caloundra.

The funds were used to purchase a LAERDAL Resusci Baby with QCPR – a lifelike manikin of an infant which transmits real-time information to a computer to help paramedics hone their CPR skills. 

Lodge Secretary Doug Wells said the Lodge was proud to fund such an innovative piece of equipment that will directly benefit the Sunshine Coast community.

“When responding to an emergency every second counts, so supporting our paramedics and making sure they have the latest training equipment is vital,” Doug said. 

“Technology has come such a long way. This device will give our paramedics real-time feedback as to how well they’ve administered CPR to the infant manikin, helping them to improve their technique and ultimately save lives when they are faced with a real emergency in our community,” Doug said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said that he was appreciative to Mooloolah Lodge for thinking outside the box when giving back to the local community.

“Mooloolah Lodge has done some wonderful things for the community on the Sunshine Coast over the years. Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland is delighted to have been able to support them with this important live-saving initiative,” he said.

Photo: Representatives from the Queensland Ambulance Service at Caloundra Michael Metcalfe and Toni Careless (carrying the new Resusci Baby) with Mooloolah Lodge’s Norrie Morris (centre). This is the third year Mooloolah Lodge has donated Laerdal equipment to the QAS at Caloundra.

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

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.

 

With Christmas just over a week away, Freemasons across Queensland are being urged to keep the momentum going in support of the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal to ensure it exceeds its fundraising target of $50,000 for disadvantaged students.

Launched on November 1, over $45,000 has already been raised including the Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar Subsidy.

Funds raised through the Appeal will benefit the Joyful Foundation Inc., a Townsville based Masonic initiative which supports disadvantaged primary school students in North Queensland to reach their full potential –  providing access to basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and costs for extra-curricular activities and excursions which they might normally go without.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland Chairman, Tom Wiltshire, said considering the current economic situation in North Queensland, every extra dollar raised will make a difference.  

 “The people of North Queensland are really hurting at the moment and we have a unique opportunity to support a Masonic initiative that is making a difference locally,” Tom said.

“No child should dread going to school because their family cannot afford new books, uniforms or basic equipment to learn,” he said.  

“I urge Masonic Lodges to continue raising funds for the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal over the festive period and help ensure 2017 gets off to a good start for these students. All donations made by Lodges will be matched dollar for dollar, with no limits to be applied,” Tom said.

Similarly, Joyful Foundation Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan said he was blown away by the support and is quietly confident more funds will continue to come in over Christmas.

“Currently, the Joyful Foundation is active in 44 primary schools in North Queensland. Many of the students we support come from hardworking families and may not receive government assistance,” Ron said.

“If we reach the $50,000 target set for the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal, that will enable us to increase our capacity to help disadvantaged students in the region by 50%. Exceeding that target will allow us to do even more, so I urge Masonic Lodges throughout Queensland to dig deep.”

“Thank you to all those who have supported the Joyful Foundation through the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal. You are helping change the course North Queensland by investing in its future,” he said.

The Joyful Foundation was set up in memory of Ron’s late Daughter, Joy Donnellan, a Townsville Teacher, Guidance Officer and registered Psychologist who believed every student had potential regardless of their financial situation at home.

Help us exceed our target of $50,000 for disadvantaged students by donating today! 

The Queensland Lodge in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated $5000 to the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence.

The donation which included a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar Subsidy, will allow the Manager of the Shelter to purchase essential items for the women when they first arrive.

Lodge representative Ian De Villiers said hearing that many of these women and their children turn up with just the clothes on their backs and often with very little funds was heart-breaking.

“The Queensland Lodge is immensely proud to be able to support a local organisation that empowers women to rebuild their lives,” Ian said.

“We would especially like to thank Ipswich businesses for their on-going support and for enabling us to support such a worthy cause that is changing lives,” Ian said.   

Last year 64 women and 90 children stayed at the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence. Their average stay was 34 nights.

Photo: Catherine Johns from the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence with Ian De Villiers from the Queensland Lodge.

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket supports.

A palliative care support group that provides a range of services to help keep elderly and terminally ill patients in Logan and Beaudesert comfortable has been given a financial boost.

Southern Queensland Lodge, having secured a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy through Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated $3000 to Palliative Aid for Logan Services Inc. (PALS).

Lodge Secretary Wayne Bell said the donation, in the first instance, will allow PALS to hire and provide a range of essential equipment such as shower chairs, special support mattresses, walking aids and wheel chairs for elderly or terminally ill patients aged over 50 receiving care at home, in hospital or in a nursing home.

PALS will also be able to help pay a portion of patients’ utility bills, costs for transport to the hospital and medication where required.

“Southern Queensland Lodge’s support of PALS dates back many years,” Wayne said.

“Giving back to the community is what Freemasonry is all about so we’re very happy to assist a local organisation that is run completely by volunteers – and punching above their weight might I add.”

“We can only imagine how tough it must be to receive a terminal diagnosis and how helpless families must feel, so we are prepared to do all we can for PALS who are striving to alleviate the load on these families,” he said.

Photo: Southern Queensland Lodge's Keith Mallitt with Dorothy Murphy from Palliative Aid for Logan Services Inc. (PALS). 

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket supports.

As boaties and holidays-makers take to the seas over the Summer, Volunteer Marine Rescue groups around the State will be ready to lend a hand. 

The North Stradbroke Island Volunteer Marine Rescue received a generous donation from the local Myora Masonic Lodge earlier this year.

With the support of Hand Heart Pocket, Myora Lodge contributed towards the installation of a new purpose-built cabinet to house the squadron’s base radio equipment. 

Lodge Secretary Roger Brady said they were proud to assist a local organisation that works tirelessly to keep people safe and are sometimes the first to respond in times of crisis out on the water. 

Photo: President of the North Stradbroke Island Volunteer Marine Rescue, Gordon McInnes and Myora Lodge Secretary Roger Brady. 

Find out more about other disaster relief initiatives to have benefited from a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar subsidy.

 

Men living with prostate cancer in the Toowoomba region will no longer have to travel to Brisbane to receive the support they need, after Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland and its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the state, last year pledged $150,000 to fund an initiative of ManUp! that would see a dedicated prostate cancer nurse service the region.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said the donation is expected to fund the program for one year of a three-year term.

“We are delighted to confirm that a formal agreement and the donation of funds has now been finalised with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which will see our support of this ManUp! initiative come to fruition,” Gary said.

“We are proud to have been able to help fund a men’s health initiative that will have a positive impact on those in regional communities,” he said.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, prostate cancer claimed the lives of close to 3,500 men in Australia last year. 

Photo: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s Megan Cairney, ManUp! Founders Brian and Jill Costello and Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark.  

Find out more about the important work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland.  

Launched just days ago, The Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal benefiting the Joyful Foundation Inc. has already seen a steady stream of generous donations come through.

Northgate Remembrance Lodge was the first Lodge to donate more than $1000 to the Appeal, making them the latest recipients of a special Joyful Foundation Inc. medallion given to Lodges or individuals by the Joyful Foundation Inc. when a donation of over $1000 is made.

Joyful Foundation Inc. Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan presented representatives of Northgate Remembrance Lodge with their medallion at the Board of Benevolence Annual General Meeting on Monday night in recognition of their $2500 donation to the Christmas Appeal.

Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said it was encouraging to see Lodges jumping into action and getting behind the Appeal in such a swift manner.

“We are appreciative to Northgate Remembrance Lodge for their generosity and for taking the lead,” Gary said.

“I encourage all Lodges to get behind the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal which we know will have a huge impact on the lives of disadvantaged students in North Queensland helping to provide access to the basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and costs for extra-curricular activities and excursions which they would normally go without.”

“In order to have a bigger impact Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland will support the fundraising efforts of Lodges by matching their donations dollar for dollar with no limits applied,” he said.

A $50,000 target has been set for the Christmas Appeal which is expected to enable Joyful Foundation Inc. to increase their capacity to help disadvantaged children in North Queensland by 50%.

Photo: Joyful Foundation Inc. Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan presents representatives of Northgate Remembrance Lodge with a special Joyful Foundation Inc. medallion for donating $2500 towards the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal.

Find out more or donate to the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal benefiting the Joyful Foundation Inc. 

 

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland announced today at Hermit Park State School a donation of $80,000 to the Joyful Foundation.  Funds were raised through the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal, in conjunction with its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the State.

The donation will allow the Joyful Foundation to support North Queensland’s disadvantaged primary school students to reach their full potential by providing them with basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and the cost of extra-curricular activities and excursions for those who might normally go without.

The Townsville-based Masonic initiative is the legacy of former Hermit Park State School Teacher, the late Joy Donnellan, who passed away in October 2011 after an aggressive battle with cancer. Joy often took it upon herself to buy school supplies and other basic essentials for children in need to ensure every student had the opportunity to succeed.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said that the target for this appeal had been exceed by $30,000, allowing more to be done to support students in a region that has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

“We are delighted that through the funds already disbursed from our Christmas Appeal the Joyful Foundation has been able to expand its program from 44 schools to 63 schools in North Queensland with a record 600 stationery packs delivered within the first week of the school year alone,” Gary said.

“To provide a greater impact, Hand Heart Pocket matched the fundraising efforts of its Lodges dollar for dollar, bringing the total we could donate to $80,000. Now schools as far north as Cardwell and Tully; Julia Creek, Cloncurry and Mt Isa out west and; Ayr and Home Hill south of Townsville are able to receive this potentially life-changing support from the Joyful Foundation,” he said.

Joyful Foundation Founder, Freemason and father of Joy, Ron Donnellan, said that he was grateful for all those who invested in the future of North Queensland.

These students have a real chance of flourishing in the classroom instead of falling behind,” Ron said.

“It’s not until you go and speak to the Principals and Teachers in these schools that you realise how much need there is in the community,” he said.

“Joy would be wrapped, she took her job of empowering students to be their best, seriously. It is a privilege to carry on this important life-changing work and help shape the future of North Queensland,” Ron said.

Photo: Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark with Joyful Foundation Founder, Ron Donnellan. 

Find out how you can make a difference by donating to Hand Heart Pocket. 

Before handing in its warrant late last year Freemasons from the Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter together with a Dollar for Dollar subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated just over $2000 to an association enhancing the lives of people with disabilities on Brisbane’s bayside.

Essential equipment including a new lawn mower, washing machine and pantry cabinets will be purchased for Aid and Recreational Association for the Disabled (ARAD) in Wynnum – a volunteer-run day centre which provides its clients with the opportunity to participate in leisure activities to boost their confidence and cultivate life skills.

Former Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter Recorder Rod Powell said the old equipment which was often in need of repair had become a distraction for volunteers.

“Aid and Recreational Association for the Disabled is a place where people with disabilities can come to pursue their interests and learn new skills whether that be to learn how to cook, sew, learn the art of woodwork, horticulture or simply go to the movies, swimming pool or on a scenic drive,” Rod said.

“For some of the clients this is the only place where they can mix and be part of the community. We are so proud that there is a service of this kind in our community and want to see it continue for many years to come,” he said.

Aid and Recreational Association for the Disabled Secretary Bev Mitchell, said the association very much appreciated the donation.

“Without the support of the community we would find it impossible to keep going. For groups like the Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter to recognise what we’re doing and think it’s worthwhile supporting, means a lot to us,” Bev said.

Similarly, Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark praised the now disbanded Chapter’s charitable efforts over the years.

“Hand Heart Pocket would like to recognise the contribution Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter has made to the local community,” Gary said.

“We were only too happy to support them and this important local initiative that is having a positive impact on all who come across it,” he said.

Photo: Aid and Recreational Association for the Disabled (ARAD) President Mary Guy, Former Wynnum Rose-Croix Chapter Recorder Rod Powell, volunteer Betty McKercher and ARAD Secretary Bev Mitchell. 

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

Mooloolah Lodge, in conjunction with a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated over $2500 to the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) in Caloundra.

The funds were used to purchase a LAERDAL Resusci Baby with QCPR – a lifelike manikin of an infant which transmits real-time information to a computer to help paramedics hone their CPR skills. 

Lodge Secretary Doug Wells said the Lodge was proud to fund such an innovative piece of equipment that will directly benefit the Sunshine Coast community.

“When responding to an emergency every second counts, so supporting our paramedics and making sure they have the latest training equipment is vital,” Doug said. 

“Technology has come such a long way. This device will give our paramedics real-time feedback as to how well they’ve administered CPR to the infant manikin, helping them to improve their technique and ultimately save lives when they are faced with a real emergency in our community,” Doug said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said that he was appreciative to Mooloolah Lodge for thinking outside the box when giving back to the local community.

“Mooloolah Lodge has done some wonderful things for the community on the Sunshine Coast over the years. Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland is delighted to have been able to support them with this important live-saving initiative,” he said.

Photo: Representatives from the Queensland Ambulance Service at Caloundra Michael Metcalfe and Toni Careless (carrying the new Resusci Baby) with Mooloolah Lodge’s Norrie Morris (centre). This is the third year Mooloolah Lodge has donated Laerdal equipment to the QAS at Caloundra.

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

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.

 

With Christmas just over a week away, Freemasons across Queensland are being urged to keep the momentum going in support of the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal to ensure it exceeds its fundraising target of $50,000 for disadvantaged students.

Launched on November 1, over $45,000 has already been raised including the Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar Subsidy.

Funds raised through the Appeal will benefit the Joyful Foundation Inc., a Townsville based Masonic initiative which supports disadvantaged primary school students in North Queensland to reach their full potential –  providing access to basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and costs for extra-curricular activities and excursions which they might normally go without.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland Chairman, Tom Wiltshire, said considering the current economic situation in North Queensland, every extra dollar raised will make a difference.  

 “The people of North Queensland are really hurting at the moment and we have a unique opportunity to support a Masonic initiative that is making a difference locally,” Tom said.

“No child should dread going to school because their family cannot afford new books, uniforms or basic equipment to learn,” he said.  

“I urge Masonic Lodges to continue raising funds for the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal over the festive period and help ensure 2017 gets off to a good start for these students. All donations made by Lodges will be matched dollar for dollar, with no limits to be applied,” Tom said.

Similarly, Joyful Foundation Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan said he was blown away by the support and is quietly confident more funds will continue to come in over Christmas.

“Currently, the Joyful Foundation is active in 44 primary schools in North Queensland. Many of the students we support come from hardworking families and may not receive government assistance,” Ron said.

“If we reach the $50,000 target set for the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal, that will enable us to increase our capacity to help disadvantaged students in the region by 50%. Exceeding that target will allow us to do even more, so I urge Masonic Lodges throughout Queensland to dig deep.”

“Thank you to all those who have supported the Joyful Foundation through the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal. You are helping change the course North Queensland by investing in its future,” he said.

The Joyful Foundation was set up in memory of Ron’s late Daughter, Joy Donnellan, a Townsville Teacher, Guidance Officer and registered Psychologist who believed every student had potential regardless of their financial situation at home.

Help us exceed our target of $50,000 for disadvantaged students by donating today! 

The Queensland Lodge in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated $5000 to the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence.

The donation which included a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar Subsidy, will allow the Manager of the Shelter to purchase essential items for the women when they first arrive.

Lodge representative Ian De Villiers said hearing that many of these women and their children turn up with just the clothes on their backs and often with very little funds was heart-breaking.

“The Queensland Lodge is immensely proud to be able to support a local organisation that empowers women to rebuild their lives,” Ian said.

“We would especially like to thank Ipswich businesses for their on-going support and for enabling us to support such a worthy cause that is changing lives,” Ian said.   

Last year 64 women and 90 children stayed at the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence. Their average stay was 34 nights.

Photo: Catherine Johns from the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence with Ian De Villiers from the Queensland Lodge.

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket supports.

A palliative care support group that provides a range of services to help keep elderly and terminally ill patients in Logan and Beaudesert comfortable has been given a financial boost.

Southern Queensland Lodge, having secured a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy through Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated $3000 to Palliative Aid for Logan Services Inc. (PALS).

Lodge Secretary Wayne Bell said the donation, in the first instance, will allow PALS to hire and provide a range of essential equipment such as shower chairs, special support mattresses, walking aids and wheel chairs for elderly or terminally ill patients aged over 50 receiving care at home, in hospital or in a nursing home.

PALS will also be able to help pay a portion of patients’ utility bills, costs for transport to the hospital and medication where required.

“Southern Queensland Lodge’s support of PALS dates back many years,” Wayne said.

“Giving back to the community is what Freemasonry is all about so we’re very happy to assist a local organisation that is run completely by volunteers – and punching above their weight might I add.”

“We can only imagine how tough it must be to receive a terminal diagnosis and how helpless families must feel, so we are prepared to do all we can for PALS who are striving to alleviate the load on these families,” he said.

Photo: Southern Queensland Lodge's Keith Mallitt with Dorothy Murphy from Palliative Aid for Logan Services Inc. (PALS). 

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket supports.

As boaties and holidays-makers take to the seas over the Summer, Volunteer Marine Rescue groups around the State will be ready to lend a hand. 

The North Stradbroke Island Volunteer Marine Rescue received a generous donation from the local Myora Masonic Lodge earlier this year.

With the support of Hand Heart Pocket, Myora Lodge contributed towards the installation of a new purpose-built cabinet to house the squadron’s base radio equipment. 

Lodge Secretary Roger Brady said they were proud to assist a local organisation that works tirelessly to keep people safe and are sometimes the first to respond in times of crisis out on the water. 

Photo: President of the North Stradbroke Island Volunteer Marine Rescue, Gordon McInnes and Myora Lodge Secretary Roger Brady. 

Find out more about other disaster relief initiatives to have benefited from a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar subsidy.

 

Men living with prostate cancer in the Toowoomba region will no longer have to travel to Brisbane to receive the support they need, after Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland and its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the state, last year pledged $150,000 to fund an initiative of ManUp! that would see a dedicated prostate cancer nurse service the region.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said the donation is expected to fund the program for one year of a three-year term.

“We are delighted to confirm that a formal agreement and the donation of funds has now been finalised with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which will see our support of this ManUp! initiative come to fruition,” Gary said.

“We are proud to have been able to help fund a men’s health initiative that will have a positive impact on those in regional communities,” he said.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, prostate cancer claimed the lives of close to 3,500 men in Australia last year. 

Photo: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s Megan Cairney, ManUp! Founders Brian and Jill Costello and Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark.  

Find out more about the important work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland.  

Launched just days ago, The Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal benefiting the Joyful Foundation Inc. has already seen a steady stream of generous donations come through.

Northgate Remembrance Lodge was the first Lodge to donate more than $1000 to the Appeal, making them the latest recipients of a special Joyful Foundation Inc. medallion given to Lodges or individuals by the Joyful Foundation Inc. when a donation of over $1000 is made.

Joyful Foundation Inc. Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan presented representatives of Northgate Remembrance Lodge with their medallion at the Board of Benevolence Annual General Meeting on Monday night in recognition of their $2500 donation to the Christmas Appeal.

Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said it was encouraging to see Lodges jumping into action and getting behind the Appeal in such a swift manner.

“We are appreciative to Northgate Remembrance Lodge for their generosity and for taking the lead,” Gary said.

“I encourage all Lodges to get behind the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal which we know will have a huge impact on the lives of disadvantaged students in North Queensland helping to provide access to the basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and costs for extra-curricular activities and excursions which they would normally go without.”

“In order to have a bigger impact Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland will support the fundraising efforts of Lodges by matching their donations dollar for dollar with no limits applied,” he said.

A $50,000 target has been set for the Christmas Appeal which is expected to enable Joyful Foundation Inc. to increase their capacity to help disadvantaged children in North Queensland by 50%.

Photo: Joyful Foundation Inc. Founder and Freemason Ron Donnellan presents representatives of Northgate Remembrance Lodge with a special Joyful Foundation Inc. medallion for donating $2500 towards the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal.

Find out more or donate to the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal benefiting the Joyful Foundation Inc.