More residents at Karingal Nursing Home in Dalby will be able to sit in greater comfort following the
proactiveness of the local Freemasons.
Dalby United Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently
donated just over $4,000 through the Dalby Hospital Auxiliary, for the purchase of two Ashley Luxor
mobile recliners, for residents at the 80-bed facility – where a growing number struggle with their mobility.
Dalby United Lodge Secretary David Wheelehen said the chairs were at the top of the Nursing Home’s
wish list which is why they were so keen to lend a hand.
“A fellow Lodge member’s mother is a resident there. Upon hearing that there was a shortage of these recliners, we decided to raise funds through cent auctions,” David said.
“The Australian-made chairs are specially designed with foam to support those with pressure care needs,
ensuring that they can sit more comfortably and participate in activities alongside fellow residents,” he
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark commended Dalby United Lodge for responding to need within the community.
“Investing in appropriate seating to minimise discomfort and improve the quality of life of the elderly,
resonates with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about equipping people to lead better lives,” he
“Similarly, support for an ageing population is one of nine key areas that Hand Heart Pocket focuses our
support, so it was fitting that we matched the efforts of the Lodge,” he said.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Dalby United Lodge on this initiative and to have made a difference at a grassroots level,” he said.
Photo: Lodge representatives Jeff Parkes, David Wheelehen and Peter Horn look on as residents at Karingal Nursing Home try out the new recliners.