Brisbane Freemasons and Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed, in conjunction with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA), joined forces to celebrate Father’s Day at a special morning tea held this morning to shine a spotlight on men’s health.
The event is one of many being held across Queensland throughout September and October as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Father’s Day Appeal where AMSA will deliver its Spanner in the Works? men’s health checks and funds will be raised for local Men’s Sheds.
“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.
“Support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health aligns with the organisation’s long-term strategy,” he said.
The events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.
“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.
At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.
“The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.
Freemason and Secretary of Stanley Masonic Lodge at Stones Corner Ron Anderson said it was beneficial for both organisations, who regularly support men at many levels, to join forces and shine a spotlight on men’s health.
“It’s no secret that we men are less likely to go to the doctor or to talk about how we feel. However, keeping a check of your physical and mental health and checking in with each other can go a long way,” he said.
“It is great that Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland can help us support such an important initiative as well as support Men’s Sheds at both a statewide and a local level,” said Ron.
Photo: Brisbane Freemasons and Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed came together to cast a spotlight on Men's Health as part of the Hand Heart Pocket 2018 Father's Day Appeal.