A hand up has been provided to the local Men’s Shed in Crows Nest, with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, granting $10k on behalf of the local Freemasons.
As one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round, Crows Nest Men’s Shed will use the funds to purchase a dust extractor and to re-wire the shed.
Crows Nest Cooyar Masonic Lodge representative Peter Jacques said they’re so pleased that their submission for the funding was successful.
“We’re proud to help ensure the ongoing sustainability of this community facility,” Peter said.
“Having pledged our support since the very beginning, we know what a difference the Men’s Shed makes for the men in our community – giving them a chance to interact with other males while putting their trade skills to work. Their latest project involves building minor bird traps to help the local environment,” he said.
“Often men put their busy work schedules ahead of their mental and physical health, so it’s crucial that they’re able to access this service. That’s why we will always strive to champion the good work being done at the Crows Nest Men’s Shed.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said providing sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes is their focus.
“For us, it’s about empowering people to lead better lives,” he said.
“Plus, support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health is part of our organisation’s long-term strategy,” he said.
“By working closely with Crows Nest Cooyar Masonic Lodge we’ve been able to back a valuable community initiative that is changing lives,” he said.
Photo: Crows Nest Cooyar Masonic Lodge representative Peter Jacques leads the formalities at a special morning tea to handover a $10,000 Hand Heart Pocket Community Grant to the Crows Nest Men’s Shed.