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For almost 40 years, Lifeflight (formerly known as Careflight) has come to the rescue of thousands of critically ill and injured patients in regional and remote Queensland, providing emergency medical care and transportation to the nearest major hospital.

In recognition of their commitment to the Wide-Bay Burnett region, Boonara Masonic Lodge with the help of Hand Heart Pocket has donated $5000 worth of lifesaving equipment to be used on board the RACQ Lifeflight Rescue helicopter.

Boonara Lodge Worshipful Master, Steve Rath said their remoteness and the condition of the roads had meant the Lifeflight chopper was their only link to major medical support for those in need of urgent attention.

“The people of our district benefit greatly from this service, from the smallest of babies to the elderly, so we have everything to gain from supporting Lifeflight – enabling them to continue providing this vital service,” Steve said.

Boonara Lodge’s respect for the work of Lifeflight goes back to when one of its Lodge members was given a second chance at life.

“Reg might not have made it, if it wasn’t for Lifeflight.”

“He was on his way home from the local Tansey Bowls Club one evening, and had stopped on the side of the road when a car approached from the bend and t-boned him. While many people worked to save his life, without Lifeflight he wouldn’t have reached a major hospital equipped with the resources to help him,” he said.

“Reg is here today and is doing remarkably well for someone in his 80s, so we’re very grateful for all that Lifeflight did for him when he needed them.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, acknowledged the important role that organisations like Lifeflight play in regional communities and commended Boonara Lodge for supporting such a deserving cause.

“Helping to alleviate suffering and misfortune is one of Hand Heart Pocket’s values, so Boonara Lodge’s intention to donate this vital equipment was the perfect fit,” Gary said.

“It’s important that people in the Wide-Bay Burnett region know that, the local Freemasons are generous, community minded people who are ready to make a difference where they can,” he said.

Photo: Boonara Lodge representatives Maurie Sheather; LifeFlight Pilot Andrew Caton, Sunshine Coast Coordinator Mandy Hentschel and Lodge representative Steve Rath. 

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Residents at Mackay’s Nanyima Aged Care have given the new shade structure above their BBQ area, the thumbs up, which was made possible by members of Hamilton Masonic Lodge with the support of Hand Heart Pocket.

This new improvement will allow year-round use of the space, giving residents at the 51-bed facility yet another spot to spend time outdoors, whether that’s to enjoy a BBQ lunch with fellow residents, to socialise with loved ones or to sit peacefully and get some fresh air.

Lodge Secretary, Ron Jackson said it was great to hear that their efforts had been so well received.

“We hope the BBQ areas becomes even more popular than it already is,” Ron said.

“Being outdoors and being able to enjoy a BBQ or two, every now and again, is part and parcel of life here in Queensland, so this initiative of ours, we feel, contributes to enriching residents’ well-being.”

“Above all we hope that through our effort we’re able to bring joy to residents. Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures that make all the difference,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark praised Hamilton Lodge for their thoughtfulness and passion to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

“Helping to improve the quality of life of aged care residents by enhancing their surroundings is in line with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said. 

“Therefore we did not hesitate to support Hamilton Lodge with their fundraising,” he said. 

Photo: Nanyima Aged Care Event Coordinator, Marion Barton with Hamilton Lodge representative Phil Lansdown and Facility Manager Margret Campbell

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Bloomhill Cancer Care on the Sunshine Coast will be able to count on the support of the local Maroochydore Masonic Lodge to help make their latest fundraising initiative a reality.

The provider of integrated cancer care services on the Sunshine Coast is looking to replace three of its vehicles as part of its client transport fleet, with four new vehicles, which will be used to drive patients to and from local and Brisbane-based treatment, specialist and doctor appointments and other Bloomhill services.

Last year alone, Bloomhill’s volunteer drivers drove over 160,000 kms, making 1620 individual trips to support patients through a particularly difficult time in their lives.

Worshipful Master, Colin Elrington said the Lodge was on track to donate $10,000 towards the project which is expected to cost around $65,000 all up.

“One of our members is a volunteer driver at Bloomhill and confirmed that their vehicles were getting on, so we decided to put our heads together to raise some funds towards the purchase of the four vehicles,” Colin said.

“Bloomhill Cancer Care is an asset to region, everything they do is to make life better for cancer patients and their families, and many of their services are provided free of charge or at very little cost to the clients.”

“A big thank you to everyone for their support. Your generosity will help us, to help Bloomhill Cancer Care to increase its capability to transport more of the region’s cancer patients,” Colin said.

To help the Lodge with their fundraising, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland has contributed $5000 through their Dollar for Dollar Subsidy Program, with the Lodge having come up with $5000 to reach their target.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, said it’s been a pleasure to support Maroochydore Lodge with their donation to Bloomhill Cancer Care.

“Empowering organisations such as Bloomhill Cancer Care to assist more patients through their cancer journey, allowing them to stay close to their families, is something that Hand Heart Pocket can relate to,” Gary said.

“Alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead better lives is part of what we stand for,” he said. 

Photo: Maroochydore Masonic Lodge representatives Colin Elrington, Mike Aldrich, Bob Medlicott, and Ms Mervat Quirke CEO Bloomhill Cancer Care. 

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Hervey Bay Special School’s newest outdoor area can now be used to its full potential following the installation of a shade sail made possible in part, by the local Masonic Lodge.

Mundubbera Burnett Lodge and the Sandy Strait Sizzlers, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, have contributed $10,000 towards the shade sail project which cost $13,000 all up.

Mundubbera Burnett Lodge Secretary, Peter Keller said it’s been fantastic to help the school with this project, which has meant students and teachers can enjoy the new space while being protected from the sun.

“The new space is such a great addition to the school and will enhance the students’ school experience,” Peter said.

Currently, close to 100 students with disabilities are enrolled at the school, with each expected to make use of the new space at one time or another.   

“We have such great weather in Queensland so it would be a shame not to spend more time learning outdoors,” Peter said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark congratulated Mundubbera Burnett Lodge for pitching in.

“In the last 10 years Mundubbera Burnett Lodge in conjunction with the Sandy Strait Sizzlers have donated over $80,000 to various charities in the Wide Bay region, giving countless individuals, community groups and organisations a hand up,” Gary said.

“Enriching the lives of students, by helping to improve the built environment, tallies with Hand Heart Pocket’s purpose which is about providing sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes. Thus we were keen to match the fundraising efforts of the Lodge, enabling them to make a bigger difference,” he said.

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Photo: Mundubbera Burnett Lodge and the Sandy Strait Sizzlers, along with Hand Heart Pocket joined forces to ensure the installation of a shade sail for the benefit of students at Hervey Bay Special School.

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Calls to Queensland’s only statewide specialised domestic violence legal helpline will continue to be answered over the coming months with Hand Heart Pocket stepping in with a generous donation to Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ).

The $120,000 donation, ensures that WLSQ can continue to run its helpline services for the next few months until longer-term government funding can be secured.

The donation will allow WLSQ to continue providing essential DV legal advice services to women in urban, regional and remote areas across the state.

The funds will also enable WLSQ to conduct community training in Emerald and Rockhampton and refresh its website to make information more easily accessible to those needing help.

WLSQ CEO, Angela Lynch, said the funds had come at a crucial time for the organisation.

“We are immensely grateful to Hand Heart Pocket for stepping in and providing critical assistance while we look to secure additional long-term Government funding for this essential service,” she said.

“Women’s Legal Service provides free legal and welfare support to Queensland women and their children affected by domestic violence and, without ongoing funding, 13,000 calls for help per year would go unanswered.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said his organisation was proud to support this vital service that had already helped more than 100,000 women and children affected by domestic violence in Queensland.

“Hand Heat Pocket believes in providing sustainable support by giving a hand up – not a handout – to communities, other charities and individuals,” Mr Mark said.

“We look to fund initiatives that have real, life-changing potential to those most vulnerable in our community and are proud to partner with WLSQ to help affect change on this issue.”

“With domestic violence rates at an all-time high, it is more important than ever that the organisations providing frontline support can continue to keep up with the demand.”

Former Governor-General The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, a leader in domestic violence prevention, attended the funding announcement to raise awareness of the need for more support networks for victims.

“Domestic violence is not isolated to South-East Queensland – women and children across the State deserve the right to be supported in the most difficult of circumstances,” Ms Bryce said.

“There’s no denying that this is a complex issue but, if we are to make a tangible difference for Queenslanders, we must support organisations such as the Women’s Legal Service that provide vital legal information and assistance to thousands of women and children each year.”

Hana Nataprawira, a former client of WLSQ, said without the support of this service, it would have been hard to put a stop to the abuse she experienced.

“Free services like this are crucial for women of all ages as it helps them to break free from the cycle they may find themselves in and to change their life for the better,” she said.

“I am so fortunate to have had the support of Women’s Legal Service and can’t begin to imagine the gap that will be left if the service is cut long-term.”

This gift of interim funding is one of several large donations Hand Heart Pocket has announced in a matter of weeks, reflecting the increasing focus that Freemasons in Queensland are placing on their charity work.

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Photo: (From left) Amanda Stein (Women’s Legal Service Ambassador), Marisa Vecchio AM (Women’s Legal Service Ambassador), Gary Mark (CEO, Hand Heart Pocket), The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Angela Lynch (CEO, Women’s Legal Service Queensland), John Aronis (Board Member, Hand Heart Pocket), The Hon Margaret McMurdo AC (Women’s Legal Service Patron) and Thomas Christensen (Hand Heart Pocket Champion). 

 

 

Vital research at the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation could potentially be fast-tracked after a new piece of lab equipment was donated by the local Freemasons.

City of Brisbane Consistory, with the support of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, recently donated a new Epithelial Voltohmmeter which will be used by researchers in the Liver Cancer and Ophthalmology Research Units to measure membrane potential and resistance of epithelial cells in culture.  Up until now, researchers have had to travel from Greenslopes to QIMR Berghofer in Herston to measure their cultures, for a procedure that takes no more than 10 minutes.

City of Brisbane Consistory Grand Secretary, Rod Powell said that having this resource on site would save valuable time and money – potentially leading to improving patient outcomes sooner.

“In the past eight years the Consistory has donated over $18,000 to the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation. We hope our latest donation supports scientists in their quest for answers,” Rod said.

Currently Liver cancer is the fastest growing cancer in Australia. Head of the Liver Cancer Research Program at the Gallipoli Medical Research Institute, Dr Jason Steel, welcomed the donation.

“This piece of equipment is vital for our research where we are attempting to model the epithelial barriers found in the Gastrointestinal tract in cell culture and find viruses that are able to move through this layer and shuttle to the liver. The ultimate goal of this work is to help us target the liver with an oral treatment,” Dr Steel said.

“Similarly, the new equipment will support the Ophthalmology unit to model the epithelial barriers found in the eye, as they attempt to develop treatments that can move through the eye and into diseases such as Uveal melanoma found behind the eye,” he said.

In addition, the Consistory donated computers and software to the Foundation’s Veteran’s Mental Health Initiative, enabling researchers to carry out comprehensive imaging and analysis of their lab findings, looking at ways to support the next generation of Veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, spoke highly of City of Brisbane Consistory acknowledging their charitable efforts.

“Empowering researchers to understand and find solutions for some of the most complex health issues aligns with our philanthropic goals, which in part is to equip people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

“For that reason Hand Heart Pocket was happy to match the charitable efforts of City of Brisbane Consistory, maximising the impact of their donation,” he said.

Photo: PhD student Bijay Dhungel uses the new Epithelial Voltohmmeter as part of his Liver cancer research at the Gallipoli Medical Research Institute. 

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The District Grand Master of North Queensland and his deputy are leading the chorus of support for Hand Heart Pocket’s donation of $290k to fund Camp Quality’s Family Camps in Queensland for the next 12 months.

The pair was invited to stop by a camp put on by the children’s charity on Magnetic Island this past weekend, where 43 children impacted by cancer from North Queensland were able to create memories outside of hospital.

District Grand Master of North Queensland, Les Keane said the visit, although brief, reinforced how important it is for these children to be given the opportunity to thrive, in a fun and relaxed environment.

“To see the smiles on these children’s faces was really special, especially when you know what they’re going through. For many, this was the first time they had been able to leave their hospital bed to enjoy themselves and mix with other children going through a similar situation,” Les said.

“There was a huge team of volunteers too, with some said to have volunteered with Camp Quality for over 20 years. That kind of commitment is hard to come by these days.”

“We are delighted that Hand Heart Pocket has donated $290k on behalf of Freemasons of Queensland, to help ensure state-wide support is available to children impacted by cancer and their families,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said Saturday’s announcement which took place in Brisbane, had been a resounding success and that it was something which all Freemasons of Queensland should be proud of, particularly because of the state-wide reach of this donation.

“It was important for us to make sure our donation made a difference in the lives of as many Queensland families, whether they were from regional and rural Queensland or in the metropolitan cities, because our membership like Camp Quality is spread throughout the state,” Gary said.

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Photo: Camp Quality Recreation Program Coordinator Emma Wilkes, Melissa Parsons from Leadlease, North Queensland District Grand Master Les Keane, North Queensland Deputy Grand Master Beresford Whyte and Camp Leader Jeff Brooks. 

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Outdoor living is a huge part of people’s lives here in Queensland and it will be no different for the eight young people with high care needs living at Youngcare’s Livewell Apartments in Albany Creek, which were officially opened last month.

Members of the local Ionic Prudence Masonic Lodge have donated funds for a new outdoor setting, enabling residents to sit outside and catch up with family and friends or simply soak up the winter sun.

Lodge Master, Michael Churchward said the Lodge was able to donate the outdoor setting with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

“This is our way of saying welcome to the neighbourhood. It’s a housewarming present if you like, but in all seriousness we are continually amazed by the work of Youngcare and all that they do to ensure young people with high care needs can lead young lives,” Michael said.

“They’ve done a marvellous job of making the apartments a warm and welcoming place, with all the mod-cons and technology, where the residents can really make it their own and be part of the community, which we think makes all the difference,” he said.

Interestingly, young people seem to have been the focus of the Lodges’ fundraising efforts this year, with the Lodge also having donated $1500 worth of equipment for Mitchelton Special School’s sensory unit for students with autism and over $400 for Queensland’s only children’s hospice, Hummingbird House for the purchase of a glider and ottoman set – all made possible with the support of Hand Heart Pocket.

Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, commended Ionic Prudence Lodge for being attentive to the needs of their community.

“Like Hand Heart Pocket, the organisations that Ionic Prudence Lodge has chosen to support believe in improving people’s quality of life through innovative support, giving us every reason to match the fundraising efforts of the Lodge,” Gary said.

Photo: Ionic Prudence Lodge representatives John Sheraton and Michael Churchward present a cheque for $800 to Youngcare Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Ryan. 

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On Saturday 8th July, 150 kids growing up with cancer enjoyed a rare opportunity to play in the snow in sunny Queensland at Camp Quality’s Hand Heart Pocket Family Fun Day at Snow4Kids park, where a new partnership was announced.

The Snow4Kids experience is one of Camp Quality’s Family Fun Days, which offer the chance for families impacted by cancer to reconnect and create memories outside of hospital. It was the first time many kids had seen snow since diagnosis and for some, the first time ever.

The day was made possible by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland who also announced a donation of $290,000 to fund Camp Quality’s Family Camps in the Queensland community for the next 12 months.

Kylea Tink, Camp Quality CEO says the partnership with Hand Heart Pocket will help Camp Quality support a great number of Queensland families.

“Camp Quality aims to support every Australian child impacted by cancer – be that their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of someone they love. Thanks to Hand Heart Pocket we will be able to focus on ensuring our programs reach all families who need them within the Queensland community,” Kylea said.

At present, Camp Quality provides innovative programs and services to 725 Queensland families impacted by cancer. Camps provide kids with a vital break to strengthen their wellbeing and boost their support networks in an environment filled with fun and optimism.

Camp Quality mum, Elmarie Oberholzer knows firsthand how hard it can be to watch your own kids miss out on the fun. Within five months of moving from New Zealand to Brisbane, her one year- old son, Louis was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

“We had barely found a place to live when Louis got sick. Everything just happened at once, and we just had to start treading water to stay afloat,” Elmarie says. “I first met Camp Quality in the hospital and attended many Camp Quality programs including Family Camp. At Family Camp, you can connect with families in the same situation as you, which is exactly what you need to remember that you aren’t alone.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said it was proud to cover the costs of the camps because it meant Camp Quality could do more for Queensland families impacted by
cancer.

“Camp Quality’s purpose is to give every Australian child impacted by cancer every opportunity to thrive. This resonates with Hand Heart Pocket in that, we are very much for supporting programs that empower people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

This is one of several significant donations that Hand Heart Pocket has announced in a matter of weeks, indicating the increasing focus that Freemasons in Queensland are placing on their charity work.

“We’re all about providing sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes by giving a hand up - not a handout - to communities, to other charities and to individuals,” said Gary.

Photo: Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark hands over a cheque for $290k to Camp Quality Chief Executive Officer, Kylea Tink with Hand Heart Pocket Champion, Jason Brummell standing alongside. 

A donation of almost $12,000 has been handed over to Carinya Home for the Aged in Atherton enabling the purchase of a range of specialised equipment to ensure the safe and dignified care of residents.

Four electric beds, two bariatric wheelchairs and a bariatric shower/commode chair will be purchased with the funds donated by Atherton Duke of Connaught and Fraser Masonic Lodges in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Atherton Duke of Connaught representative Les Simpson and his wife Barbara said that they wanted to thank locals for getting behind the Lodges’ fundraising efforts.

“On behalf of the Masonic Fraternity, we would like to thank the community for their support, we couldn’t have done it without them,” Les said.

“Enhancing residents’ wellbeing and empowering staff to care for residents in the most effective manner was the intention behind our donation,” Les said. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark endorsed the efforts of the masons in the Tablelands.

“I congratulate both Atherton Duke of Connaught and Fraser Masonic Lodges for taking the lead to raise funds for this vital equipment,” Gary said.

“For many years the Lodges have worked to give a hand up to those in need, enabling people to lead better lives which Hand Heart Pocket fully supports. That’s why we were ready to match their latest fundraising efforts and effectively double the impact of their donation,” Gary said. 

Photo: Atherton Duke of Connaught and Fraser Masonic Lodges joined forces to raise funds for the local Aged Care facility. Photo courtesy The Tablelander.  

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For almost 40 years, Lifeflight (formerly known as Careflight) has come to the rescue of thousands of critically ill and injured patients in regional and remote Queensland, providing emergency medical care and transportation to the nearest major hospital.

In recognition of their commitment to the Wide-Bay Burnett region, Boonara Masonic Lodge with the help of Hand Heart Pocket has donated $5000 worth of lifesaving equipment to be used on board the RACQ Lifeflight Rescue helicopter.

Boonara Lodge Worshipful Master, Steve Rath said their remoteness and the condition of the roads had meant the Lifeflight chopper was their only link to major medical support for those in need of urgent attention.

“The people of our district benefit greatly from this service, from the smallest of babies to the elderly, so we have everything to gain from supporting Lifeflight – enabling them to continue providing this vital service,” Steve said.

Boonara Lodge’s respect for the work of Lifeflight goes back to when one of its Lodge members was given a second chance at life.

“Reg might not have made it, if it wasn’t for Lifeflight.”

“He was on his way home from the local Tansey Bowls Club one evening, and had stopped on the side of the road when a car approached from the bend and t-boned him. While many people worked to save his life, without Lifeflight he wouldn’t have reached a major hospital equipped with the resources to help him,” he said.

“Reg is here today and is doing remarkably well for someone in his 80s, so we’re very grateful for all that Lifeflight did for him when he needed them.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, acknowledged the important role that organisations like Lifeflight play in regional communities and commended Boonara Lodge for supporting such a deserving cause.

“Helping to alleviate suffering and misfortune is one of Hand Heart Pocket’s values, so Boonara Lodge’s intention to donate this vital equipment was the perfect fit,” Gary said.

“It’s important that people in the Wide-Bay Burnett region know that, the local Freemasons are generous, community minded people who are ready to make a difference where they can,” he said.

Photo: Boonara Lodge representatives Maurie Sheather; LifeFlight Pilot Andrew Caton, Sunshine Coast Coordinator Mandy Hentschel and Lodge representative Steve Rath. 

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Residents at Mackay’s Nanyima Aged Care have given the new shade structure above their BBQ area, the thumbs up, which was made possible by members of Hamilton Masonic Lodge with the support of Hand Heart Pocket.

This new improvement will allow year-round use of the space, giving residents at the 51-bed facility yet another spot to spend time outdoors, whether that’s to enjoy a BBQ lunch with fellow residents, to socialise with loved ones or to sit peacefully and get some fresh air.

Lodge Secretary, Ron Jackson said it was great to hear that their efforts had been so well received.

“We hope the BBQ areas becomes even more popular than it already is,” Ron said.

“Being outdoors and being able to enjoy a BBQ or two, every now and again, is part and parcel of life here in Queensland, so this initiative of ours, we feel, contributes to enriching residents’ well-being.”

“Above all we hope that through our effort we’re able to bring joy to residents. Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures that make all the difference,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark praised Hamilton Lodge for their thoughtfulness and passion to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

“Helping to improve the quality of life of aged care residents by enhancing their surroundings is in line with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said. 

“Therefore we did not hesitate to support Hamilton Lodge with their fundraising,” he said. 

Photo: Nanyima Aged Care Event Coordinator, Marion Barton with Hamilton Lodge representative Phil Lansdown and Facility Manager Margret Campbell

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Bloomhill Cancer Care on the Sunshine Coast will be able to count on the support of the local Maroochydore Masonic Lodge to help make their latest fundraising initiative a reality.

The provider of integrated cancer care services on the Sunshine Coast is looking to replace three of its vehicles as part of its client transport fleet, with four new vehicles, which will be used to drive patients to and from local and Brisbane-based treatment, specialist and doctor appointments and other Bloomhill services.

Last year alone, Bloomhill’s volunteer drivers drove over 160,000 kms, making 1620 individual trips to support patients through a particularly difficult time in their lives.

Worshipful Master, Colin Elrington said the Lodge was on track to donate $10,000 towards the project which is expected to cost around $65,000 all up.

“One of our members is a volunteer driver at Bloomhill and confirmed that their vehicles were getting on, so we decided to put our heads together to raise some funds towards the purchase of the four vehicles,” Colin said.

“Bloomhill Cancer Care is an asset to region, everything they do is to make life better for cancer patients and their families, and many of their services are provided free of charge or at very little cost to the clients.”

“A big thank you to everyone for their support. Your generosity will help us, to help Bloomhill Cancer Care to increase its capability to transport more of the region’s cancer patients,” Colin said.

To help the Lodge with their fundraising, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland has contributed $5000 through their Dollar for Dollar Subsidy Program, with the Lodge having come up with $5000 to reach their target.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, said it’s been a pleasure to support Maroochydore Lodge with their donation to Bloomhill Cancer Care.

“Empowering organisations such as Bloomhill Cancer Care to assist more patients through their cancer journey, allowing them to stay close to their families, is something that Hand Heart Pocket can relate to,” Gary said.

“Alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead better lives is part of what we stand for,” he said. 

Photo: Maroochydore Masonic Lodge representatives Colin Elrington, Mike Aldrich, Bob Medlicott, and Ms Mervat Quirke CEO Bloomhill Cancer Care. 

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Hervey Bay Special School’s newest outdoor area can now be used to its full potential following the installation of a shade sail made possible in part, by the local Masonic Lodge.

Mundubbera Burnett Lodge and the Sandy Strait Sizzlers, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, have contributed $10,000 towards the shade sail project which cost $13,000 all up.

Mundubbera Burnett Lodge Secretary, Peter Keller said it’s been fantastic to help the school with this project, which has meant students and teachers can enjoy the new space while being protected from the sun.

“The new space is such a great addition to the school and will enhance the students’ school experience,” Peter said.

Currently, close to 100 students with disabilities are enrolled at the school, with each expected to make use of the new space at one time or another.   

“We have such great weather in Queensland so it would be a shame not to spend more time learning outdoors,” Peter said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark congratulated Mundubbera Burnett Lodge for pitching in.

“In the last 10 years Mundubbera Burnett Lodge in conjunction with the Sandy Strait Sizzlers have donated over $80,000 to various charities in the Wide Bay region, giving countless individuals, community groups and organisations a hand up,” Gary said.

“Enriching the lives of students, by helping to improve the built environment, tallies with Hand Heart Pocket’s purpose which is about providing sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes. Thus we were keen to match the fundraising efforts of the Lodge, enabling them to make a bigger difference,” he said.

Find out why you should support Hand Heart Pocket 

Photo: Mundubbera Burnett Lodge and the Sandy Strait Sizzlers, along with Hand Heart Pocket joined forces to ensure the installation of a shade sail for the benefit of students at Hervey Bay Special School.

Watch footage of the official cheque handover

Calls to Queensland’s only statewide specialised domestic violence legal helpline will continue to be answered over the coming months with Hand Heart Pocket stepping in with a generous donation to Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ).

The $120,000 donation, ensures that WLSQ can continue to run its helpline services for the next few months until longer-term government funding can be secured.

The donation will allow WLSQ to continue providing essential DV legal advice services to women in urban, regional and remote areas across the state.

The funds will also enable WLSQ to conduct community training in Emerald and Rockhampton and refresh its website to make information more easily accessible to those needing help.

WLSQ CEO, Angela Lynch, said the funds had come at a crucial time for the organisation.

“We are immensely grateful to Hand Heart Pocket for stepping in and providing critical assistance while we look to secure additional long-term Government funding for this essential service,” she said.

“Women’s Legal Service provides free legal and welfare support to Queensland women and their children affected by domestic violence and, without ongoing funding, 13,000 calls for help per year would go unanswered.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said his organisation was proud to support this vital service that had already helped more than 100,000 women and children affected by domestic violence in Queensland.

“Hand Heat Pocket believes in providing sustainable support by giving a hand up – not a handout – to communities, other charities and individuals,” Mr Mark said.

“We look to fund initiatives that have real, life-changing potential to those most vulnerable in our community and are proud to partner with WLSQ to help affect change on this issue.”

“With domestic violence rates at an all-time high, it is more important than ever that the organisations providing frontline support can continue to keep up with the demand.”

Former Governor-General The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, a leader in domestic violence prevention, attended the funding announcement to raise awareness of the need for more support networks for victims.

“Domestic violence is not isolated to South-East Queensland – women and children across the State deserve the right to be supported in the most difficult of circumstances,” Ms Bryce said.

“There’s no denying that this is a complex issue but, if we are to make a tangible difference for Queenslanders, we must support organisations such as the Women’s Legal Service that provide vital legal information and assistance to thousands of women and children each year.”

Hana Nataprawira, a former client of WLSQ, said without the support of this service, it would have been hard to put a stop to the abuse she experienced.

“Free services like this are crucial for women of all ages as it helps them to break free from the cycle they may find themselves in and to change their life for the better,” she said.

“I am so fortunate to have had the support of Women’s Legal Service and can’t begin to imagine the gap that will be left if the service is cut long-term.”

This gift of interim funding is one of several large donations Hand Heart Pocket has announced in a matter of weeks, reflecting the increasing focus that Freemasons in Queensland are placing on their charity work.

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Photo: (From left) Amanda Stein (Women’s Legal Service Ambassador), Marisa Vecchio AM (Women’s Legal Service Ambassador), Gary Mark (CEO, Hand Heart Pocket), The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Angela Lynch (CEO, Women’s Legal Service Queensland), John Aronis (Board Member, Hand Heart Pocket), The Hon Margaret McMurdo AC (Women’s Legal Service Patron) and Thomas Christensen (Hand Heart Pocket Champion). 

 

 

Vital research at the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation could potentially be fast-tracked after a new piece of lab equipment was donated by the local Freemasons.

City of Brisbane Consistory, with the support of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, recently donated a new Epithelial Voltohmmeter which will be used by researchers in the Liver Cancer and Ophthalmology Research Units to measure membrane potential and resistance of epithelial cells in culture.  Up until now, researchers have had to travel from Greenslopes to QIMR Berghofer in Herston to measure their cultures, for a procedure that takes no more than 10 minutes.

City of Brisbane Consistory Grand Secretary, Rod Powell said that having this resource on site would save valuable time and money – potentially leading to improving patient outcomes sooner.

“In the past eight years the Consistory has donated over $18,000 to the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation. We hope our latest donation supports scientists in their quest for answers,” Rod said.

Currently Liver cancer is the fastest growing cancer in Australia. Head of the Liver Cancer Research Program at the Gallipoli Medical Research Institute, Dr Jason Steel, welcomed the donation.

“This piece of equipment is vital for our research where we are attempting to model the epithelial barriers found in the Gastrointestinal tract in cell culture and find viruses that are able to move through this layer and shuttle to the liver. The ultimate goal of this work is to help us target the liver with an oral treatment,” Dr Steel said.

“Similarly, the new equipment will support the Ophthalmology unit to model the epithelial barriers found in the eye, as they attempt to develop treatments that can move through the eye and into diseases such as Uveal melanoma found behind the eye,” he said.

In addition, the Consistory donated computers and software to the Foundation’s Veteran’s Mental Health Initiative, enabling researchers to carry out comprehensive imaging and analysis of their lab findings, looking at ways to support the next generation of Veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, spoke highly of City of Brisbane Consistory acknowledging their charitable efforts.

“Empowering researchers to understand and find solutions for some of the most complex health issues aligns with our philanthropic goals, which in part is to equip people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

“For that reason Hand Heart Pocket was happy to match the charitable efforts of City of Brisbane Consistory, maximising the impact of their donation,” he said.

Photo: PhD student Bijay Dhungel uses the new Epithelial Voltohmmeter as part of his Liver cancer research at the Gallipoli Medical Research Institute. 

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The District Grand Master of North Queensland and his deputy are leading the chorus of support for Hand Heart Pocket’s donation of $290k to fund Camp Quality’s Family Camps in Queensland for the next 12 months.

The pair was invited to stop by a camp put on by the children’s charity on Magnetic Island this past weekend, where 43 children impacted by cancer from North Queensland were able to create memories outside of hospital.

District Grand Master of North Queensland, Les Keane said the visit, although brief, reinforced how important it is for these children to be given the opportunity to thrive, in a fun and relaxed environment.

“To see the smiles on these children’s faces was really special, especially when you know what they’re going through. For many, this was the first time they had been able to leave their hospital bed to enjoy themselves and mix with other children going through a similar situation,” Les said.

“There was a huge team of volunteers too, with some said to have volunteered with Camp Quality for over 20 years. That kind of commitment is hard to come by these days.”

“We are delighted that Hand Heart Pocket has donated $290k on behalf of Freemasons of Queensland, to help ensure state-wide support is available to children impacted by cancer and their families,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said Saturday’s announcement which took place in Brisbane, had been a resounding success and that it was something which all Freemasons of Queensland should be proud of, particularly because of the state-wide reach of this donation.

“It was important for us to make sure our donation made a difference in the lives of as many Queensland families, whether they were from regional and rural Queensland or in the metropolitan cities, because our membership like Camp Quality is spread throughout the state,” Gary said.

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Photo: Camp Quality Recreation Program Coordinator Emma Wilkes, Melissa Parsons from Leadlease, North Queensland District Grand Master Les Keane, North Queensland Deputy Grand Master Beresford Whyte and Camp Leader Jeff Brooks. 

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Outdoor living is a huge part of people’s lives here in Queensland and it will be no different for the eight young people with high care needs living at Youngcare’s Livewell Apartments in Albany Creek, which were officially opened last month.

Members of the local Ionic Prudence Masonic Lodge have donated funds for a new outdoor setting, enabling residents to sit outside and catch up with family and friends or simply soak up the winter sun.

Lodge Master, Michael Churchward said the Lodge was able to donate the outdoor setting with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

“This is our way of saying welcome to the neighbourhood. It’s a housewarming present if you like, but in all seriousness we are continually amazed by the work of Youngcare and all that they do to ensure young people with high care needs can lead young lives,” Michael said.

“They’ve done a marvellous job of making the apartments a warm and welcoming place, with all the mod-cons and technology, where the residents can really make it their own and be part of the community, which we think makes all the difference,” he said.

Interestingly, young people seem to have been the focus of the Lodges’ fundraising efforts this year, with the Lodge also having donated $1500 worth of equipment for Mitchelton Special School’s sensory unit for students with autism and over $400 for Queensland’s only children’s hospice, Hummingbird House for the purchase of a glider and ottoman set – all made possible with the support of Hand Heart Pocket.

Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, commended Ionic Prudence Lodge for being attentive to the needs of their community.

“Like Hand Heart Pocket, the organisations that Ionic Prudence Lodge has chosen to support believe in improving people’s quality of life through innovative support, giving us every reason to match the fundraising efforts of the Lodge,” Gary said.

Photo: Ionic Prudence Lodge representatives John Sheraton and Michael Churchward present a cheque for $800 to Youngcare Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Ryan. 

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On Saturday 8th July, 150 kids growing up with cancer enjoyed a rare opportunity to play in the snow in sunny Queensland at Camp Quality’s Hand Heart Pocket Family Fun Day at Snow4Kids park, where a new partnership was announced.

The Snow4Kids experience is one of Camp Quality’s Family Fun Days, which offer the chance for families impacted by cancer to reconnect and create memories outside of hospital. It was the first time many kids had seen snow since diagnosis and for some, the first time ever.

The day was made possible by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland who also announced a donation of $290,000 to fund Camp Quality’s Family Camps in the Queensland community for the next 12 months.

Kylea Tink, Camp Quality CEO says the partnership with Hand Heart Pocket will help Camp Quality support a great number of Queensland families.

“Camp Quality aims to support every Australian child impacted by cancer – be that their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of someone they love. Thanks to Hand Heart Pocket we will be able to focus on ensuring our programs reach all families who need them within the Queensland community,” Kylea said.

At present, Camp Quality provides innovative programs and services to 725 Queensland families impacted by cancer. Camps provide kids with a vital break to strengthen their wellbeing and boost their support networks in an environment filled with fun and optimism.

Camp Quality mum, Elmarie Oberholzer knows firsthand how hard it can be to watch your own kids miss out on the fun. Within five months of moving from New Zealand to Brisbane, her one year- old son, Louis was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

“We had barely found a place to live when Louis got sick. Everything just happened at once, and we just had to start treading water to stay afloat,” Elmarie says. “I first met Camp Quality in the hospital and attended many Camp Quality programs including Family Camp. At Family Camp, you can connect with families in the same situation as you, which is exactly what you need to remember that you aren’t alone.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said it was proud to cover the costs of the camps because it meant Camp Quality could do more for Queensland families impacted by
cancer.

“Camp Quality’s purpose is to give every Australian child impacted by cancer every opportunity to thrive. This resonates with Hand Heart Pocket in that, we are very much for supporting programs that empower people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

This is one of several significant donations that Hand Heart Pocket has announced in a matter of weeks, indicating the increasing focus that Freemasons in Queensland are placing on their charity work.

“We’re all about providing sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes by giving a hand up - not a handout - to communities, to other charities and to individuals,” said Gary.

Photo: Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark hands over a cheque for $290k to Camp Quality Chief Executive Officer, Kylea Tink with Hand Heart Pocket Champion, Jason Brummell standing alongside. 

A donation of almost $12,000 has been handed over to Carinya Home for the Aged in Atherton enabling the purchase of a range of specialised equipment to ensure the safe and dignified care of residents.

Four electric beds, two bariatric wheelchairs and a bariatric shower/commode chair will be purchased with the funds donated by Atherton Duke of Connaught and Fraser Masonic Lodges in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Atherton Duke of Connaught representative Les Simpson and his wife Barbara said that they wanted to thank locals for getting behind the Lodges’ fundraising efforts.

“On behalf of the Masonic Fraternity, we would like to thank the community for their support, we couldn’t have done it without them,” Les said.

“Enhancing residents’ wellbeing and empowering staff to care for residents in the most effective manner was the intention behind our donation,” Les said. 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark endorsed the efforts of the masons in the Tablelands.

“I congratulate both Atherton Duke of Connaught and Fraser Masonic Lodges for taking the lead to raise funds for this vital equipment,” Gary said.

“For many years the Lodges have worked to give a hand up to those in need, enabling people to lead better lives which Hand Heart Pocket fully supports. That’s why we were ready to match their latest fundraising efforts and effectively double the impact of their donation,” Gary said. 

Photo: Atherton Duke of Connaught and Fraser Masonic Lodges joined forces to raise funds for the local Aged Care facility. Photo courtesy The Tablelander.  

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