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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
said.

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
said.

“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.  

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A beautiful memorial rose garden will soon take pride of place at Mundubbera Hospital, improving the built environment and providing a peaceful place to reflect on those the town has lost.

Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland collectively donated $2,000 towards the new space which will be in full view upon entry to the facility.

Lodge Secretary Peter Keller said the initiative was brought to their attention during a recent visit to see one of their fellow members, who resides in the aged care section of the Hospital.

“We were in town to mark a very special milestone for one of our members, Jim, 92 who we presented a 50-year jewel and 60-year clasp to, for his commitment to the organisation,” Peter said.

“We hope that in addition to providing a quiet space where the townsfolk can come to remember those that have passed on, the garden becomes a place where patients and aged care residents can spend time in and smell the roses,” Peter said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark praised Mundubbera-Burnett Lodge for leaving its mark on the community in this way.

“Efforts to make a meaningful difference for the sick and elderly, by beautifying the surrounds of the local Hospital and providing a permanent memorial, are in line with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about alleviating suffering and improving people’s quality of life.”

“Therefore, we were delighted to work with Mundubbera-Burnett Lodge on this important initiative,” Gary said.

Photo: Members of Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge including aged care resident, Jim and Mundubbera Hospital staff gathered together to celebrate the donation. 

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An additional 2,000 free legal appointments for domestic violence victims will soon be possible each year, after Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) received $340,000 from the state’s Masonic charity, with most of the funds being allocated to extend their Annerley premises.

The extensions, being funded by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, will incorporate six confidential, airconditioned, fully fitted out offices to ensure they can meet the increased demand for legal assistance across Queensland.

WLSQ CEO Angela Lynch said this was the biggest gift the service had received in its 34-year history and would ensure those most vulnerable would have access to essential support.

“We are so excited by what this will help us achieve. The building extension was long overdue and the project could only be funded by generous donations such as this,” Ms Lynch said.

“Having more offices will give us the additional infrastructure to deliver 2,000 free appointments per year, which means we can assist vulnerable women when they need it most, for many more years to come.”

The 100-year-old premises are home to the statewide Domestic Violence Legal Helpline, the Rural, Regional and Remote Helpline, and the Sexual Assault Legal Service. They also include offices for legal and emergency relief appointments and twice weekly drop-in clinics. 

“This grant will also allow us to stay in a central location and remain accessible to our clients and volunteers, so we are immensely grateful for Hand Heart Pocket’s generosity,” Ms Lynch said.

The limitations of the existing building often make it difficult for staff to find private space where clients could confidentially speak about their situation.

“Being able to talk face-to-face and get expert legal advice when I was going through a difficult matter was crucial, in helping me overcome a difficult time,” Virginia Henery a WLSQ client said.

“This grant is wonderful as it will mean more vulnerable women can receive the face-to-face support they need - when they need it,” she said.

The grant follows Hand Heart Pocket’s vital interim funding of $120,000 in July last year which ensured calls to its state-wide legal helpline could continue to be answered until long-term funding was secured. It also allowed 40 regional community workers to be trained and a revamp of the website to make information more readily accessible.  

Hand Heart Pocket CEO Gary Mark said supporting women’s financial and physical security was part of the organisation’s long-term strategy.

“We are focused on providing sustainable support to organisations that have limited access to other funding, to ensure they can continue to deliver essential services,” Mr Mark said.  

“This grant will empower Women’s Legal Service Queensland to continue building safer futures for vulnerable women and their children who are seeking a better life – having already helped over 120,000 women and with them 250,000 children in the last three decades,” he said.

Construction is expected to get underway in the next couple of months and is expected to be complete in August this year.

Photo: Women's Legal Service Queensland celebrates the announcement of a $340,000 grant from Hand Heart Pocket with The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Hand Heart Pocket Board Members, management and Hand Heart Pocket Champions. 

Stroke patients undergoing rehabilitation at Gympie Hospital have been empowered to lead more independent lives after the Gympie & District Masonic Fundraising Committee teamed up with Hand Heart Pocket to donate two specialised wheelchairs.

Patients working to regain their strength, as part of the rehabilitation program, will be able to operate the wheelchairs using one arm, giving them the ability to keep moving.

Committee spokesperson Wayne Smith said they hope the donation will improve patients’ wellbeing and enhance the rehabilitation process. 

“The road to recovery is never easy – patients will have their good days and bad days, so we hope this donation uplifts them and gives hope to their families,” Wayne said.

“Suddenly having movement on only one side of the body can be mentally challenging, so it will be good for these patients to feel as though they can still move around independently to a certain degree,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark spoke highly of the Gympie & District Masonic Fundraising Committee which represents nine individual Lodges.

“Enhancing the rehabilitation process by providing specialised equipment to improve the quality of life of stroke patients aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values, which are about alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

“I congratulate the Gympie and District Freemasons for identifying this worthy cause which we were only too happy to support,” Gary said.

In the past 18 months alone, the Committee has donated close to $23,000 to local organisations and individuals.

Photo: Members of the Gympie & District Masonic Fundraising Committee stopped by the Hospital to check out the new specialised wheelchairs, which were purchased with the funds they donated along with Hand Heart Pocket.  

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Rehabilitation specialists at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have been given a hand up, to help rebuild the lives of Queensland’s critically ill kids and get them home sooner, following a generous donation from the state’s Masonic charity on behalf of its members.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation will be investing 100% of the $150,000 donation from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, towards the purchase of vital rehabilitation equipment and important services that are solely funded by donations, like music therapy. These play a key role in helping to get more than 600 critically ill kids home sooner from the Brisbane-based hospital each year.

Funds were raised through Hand Heart Pocket’s 2017 Christmas Appeal, in conjunction with the organisation’s network of Masonic Lodges throughout Queensland.

Rosie Simpson, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation said the donation would benefit sick kids and their families from all over Queensland.

“Every year the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital cares for more than 230,000 critically ill or injured children across Queensland and Northern New South Wales with just over 40 per cent of these kids from regional or rural areas.

“While some stay for only a few days or weeks, others stay for months or years, until they are well enough to go home and even then, many need to undergo rehabilitation in their community.

“Thanks to the support of Hand Heart Pocket we can continue to fund vital medical equipment and important services that are solely funded by donations, like music therapy, at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to help kids on their rehabilitation journey to get better and go home sooner with their families,” she said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said support for contemporary families was part of their long-term strategy and thanked the Masonic Lodges throughout the state who supported this appeal.

“Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes, to Queensland charities and individuals that have limited access to other funding sources.

“The hospital’s family-focused approach to recovery resonates with Hand Heart Pocket’s values, which are about alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead more independent lives. Also, many of our members identified with these families who travel hundreds, if not thousands of kilometres for expert hospital care – so the sooner they can return home, with the tools to navigate their new lives, the better.

“I would like to thank the wife of the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland for bringing the work of the Children’s Hospital Foundation to our attention – which she has chosen to support during her husband’s three-year term. May our joint efforts change lives,” he said.

Photo: Representatives from Hand Heart Pocket handover a cheque for $150,000 on behalf of its members to representatives from the Children's Hospital Foundation. Pictured also are the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson and his wife Robyn Townson. 

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Efforts to ensure more people with disabilities have access to appropriate housing on the Darling Downs
have been fast-tracked, thanks to a generous donation from a Masonic charity to YellowBridge QLD.

The $450,000 donation from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will enable the
construction of a purpose-built three-bedroom unit in Toowoomba, which will accommodate two people with disabilities and a carer.

The unit is one of four fully customised units being built by Enabled Living, which will meet individual
needs, include assistive technology, and help empower residents to lead more independent lives.

YellowBridge QLD Chief Executive Officer Penny Hamilton said the donation couldn’t have come at a
better time.

“We are in the midst of a disability housing crisis on the Darling Downs, where people with disabilities,
especially those whose ageing parents can no longer look after them, have no-where to go,” Penny said.

“We know of 40 people in this position. While many have the means to buy or rent their own place, there is simply no suitable housing for them in the region,” she said.

“A few will never have the means to pay for a place to live.”

“Having access to appropriate housing is an important part of the equation for improving the overall quality of life of people with disabilities, so we are very grateful for this support.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said the local Freemasons were vocal supporters
of YellowBridge QLD, due to its proven record of supporting more than 4,000 people to lead more
meaningful and connected lives each year.

“Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes; to provide a hand up to
communities, charities and individuals that have limited access to other funding sources,” Mr Mark said.

“Alleviating the stress on ageing parents who care for their disabled children - through the provision of
innovative purpose-built housing - aligns with our values of equipping people to lead better lives,” he said.

“We are delighted to partner with YellowBridge QLD on this important initiative and know it will be a
catalyst for changing the landscape of disability housing in the region.”

Photo: Penny Hamilton CEO YellowBridge QLD, Carolyn Brown Chair YellowBridge QLD, Alan Townson Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland and Gary Mark CEO Hand Heart Pocket.

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Children and teenagers with disabilities will be empowered to live life to the fullest after Dunellan Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket joined forces to support BestLife Foundation.

The $1200 donation will be allocated to their sleepover program, which is one of several away-from-home experiences that the organisation provides for 6 to 19-year-olds with disabilities.

Dunellan Lodge Secretary, Colin Clapper said the donation would cover the associated costs of four children participating in the sleepover program.

“Having a disability shouldn’t stop you from living life to the full, but often, that is the reality for many of these children, who simply miss out on having fun,” Colin said.

“Every parent wants the best for their child, but managing the complex day-to-day care needs of their child can be a challenge in itself – which is why the work of BestLife is so vital,” he said.

“These sleepovers allow children to be children, to cultivate life skills and become more independent in a supervised environment. It’s no surprise that there is a long waiting list for this program,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark applauded Dunellan Lodge for giving back to the community.

“We can see why Dunellan Lodge wanted to support this important initiative which ensures that children with disabilities are not isolated,” Gary said.

“Improving the quality of life of children with disabilities and equipping them with the skills to lead a more independent life, are in keeping with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives.”

“It is for these reasons that Hand Heart Pocket was more than happy to support the local Freemasons with their latest charitable endeavour,” he said.

Photo: Dunellan Masonic Lodge representatives Craig Blanch and Con Carides hand over a cheque for $1200 to BestLife Foundation representative Kath Coory.

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Meals on Wheels Bundaberg has been empowered to continue doing what it does best – providing good food and friendship to those who need it, with the local Freemasons picking up the bill for an essential piece of office equipment.

Tyrian Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket donated $3,000 for a new printer, to give the local service a hand up – as the organisation’s running costs soar.

Lodge Secretary John Richardson said their support of the service, which delivers around 656 meals each week, dates back many years and for good reason.

“It’s a huge achievement, when you think that the Bundaberg Meals on Wheels have been active for over half a century – missing only one day in all that time, when the region was flooded in 2013,” John said.

“Their resilience and what they do for the most vulnerable in our community must never be taken for granted – hence our latest donation which allows them to focus on their core mission.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark commended Tyrian Lodge for being in touch with the needs of the local community.

“Tyrian Lodge’s attentiveness has seen them provide assistance to a vital community service in a timely fashion,” Gary said.

“Hand Heart Pocket’s purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes by supporting charities, individuals and community groups with limited sources of funding, so this was the right fit.”

“We are delighted to have given Meals on Wheels Bundaberg a helping hand so that they can continue to empower others in the region to lead better lives,” he said. 

Photo: Tyrian Lodge representatives Dave Smith and Mal Finnis with Meals on Wheels Bundaberg Office Assistant Lyndel Woodward as they check out the new printer.

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Children with hearing difficulties have been empowered to reach their full potential after Enoggera Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket teamed up to support Hear and Say.

The $2000 donation will go towards their Early Intervention Program, to help fund vital assessment kits to monitor the speech and listening development of children undergoing Listening and Spoken Language Therapy.

Enoggera Masonic Lodge Secretary, Neville Dacey said the Early Intervention Program was on the Lodge’s radar because the granddaughter of a fellow member had come such a long way because of it.

“Through the support of Hear and Say, Audrey, who was born profoundly deaf, at three-years-old had the vocal skills of a five-year-old,” Neville said.

“With the right support, at the right time, children with impaired hearing can lead a normal life and have the same opportunities in life as everyone else.” 

“Her (Audrey’s) quality of life has improved vastly and she will be ready for mainstream school when the time comes,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark applauded Enoggera Lodge for giving Hear and Say a hand up, to continue delivering essential services and programs that change lives.

“To stand by these children over many years, providing therapy to give them a voice and the gift of sound, aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

“This is why we were so keen to support Enoggera Lodge with their charity work,” he said. 

Photo: Margaret Dacey, Enoggera Masonic Lodge Secretary Neville Dacey, Hear and Say’s Director of Sustainability and Strategic Relations Amanda Mather, Enoggera Masonic Lodge’s Gary Golding and Fran Golding. 

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Bundaberg Special School has had a very special delivery this week, after months of campaigning to raise funds for a new wheelchair-accessible school bus.

A donation from the Freemasons in the Wide Bay region and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland proved to be the last piece of the puzzle in what has been a huge community effort, to ensure the school is able to continue transporting wheelchair-bound students to and from excursions.

Continuity Masonic Lodge Secretary, Allan Williams said the Lodge initially donated $2,000 with the help of Hand Heart Pocket, before nominating the school for a grant, for the gap of $13,000 for the bus.

“Continuity Masonic Lodge is very proud to have been part of this community effort to ensure no student misses out on the opportunity to take part in school excursions – which is just as important as what you learn in the classroom,” Allan said.

“We’re thrilled, that on top of matching our contribution, Hand Heart Pocket covered the $13,000 gap so that the School could reach its $76,000 fundraising target sooner,” he said.

The campaign was initiated by the Bundaberg NewsMail last August, after the old school bus could no longer be covered by insurance. In the interim, teachers had to transport the 17 wheelchair-bound students to and from trips by taxi. The modified new Toyota Hiace will be able to transport two wheelchair-bound students at a time.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, thanked Continuity Lodge for bringing the cause to the organisation’s attention.

“It has been our pleasure to support Bundaberg Special School with this important initiative. I congratulate Continuity Lodge for their contribution also,” he said.

“Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes and empowering wheelchair-bound students to participate fully in the school curriculum supports that.”

“The bus is a symbol of inclusivity, and we hope that these excursions inspire and broaden students’ minds about the world around them,” he said.

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Photo: Members of Continuity Masonic Lodge alongside other community groups that supported Bundaberg Special School’s campaign for a new wheelchair-accessible school bus.

A beautiful memorial rose garden will soon take pride of place at Mundubbera Hospital, improving the built environment and providing a peaceful place to reflect on those the town has lost.

Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland collectively donated $2,000 towards the new space which will be in full view upon entry to the facility.

Lodge Secretary Peter Keller said the initiative was brought to their attention during a recent visit to see one of their fellow members, who resides in the aged care section of the Hospital.

“We were in town to mark a very special milestone for one of our members, Jim, 92 who we presented a 50-year jewel and 60-year clasp to, for his commitment to the organisation,” Peter said.

“We hope that in addition to providing a quiet space where the townsfolk can come to remember those that have passed on, the garden becomes a place where patients and aged care residents can spend time in and smell the roses,” Peter said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark praised Mundubbera-Burnett Lodge for leaving its mark on the community in this way.

“Efforts to make a meaningful difference for the sick and elderly, by beautifying the surrounds of the local Hospital and providing a permanent memorial, are in line with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about alleviating suffering and improving people’s quality of life.”

“Therefore, we were delighted to work with Mundubbera-Burnett Lodge on this important initiative,” Gary said.

Photo: Members of Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge including aged care resident, Jim and Mundubbera Hospital staff gathered together to celebrate the donation. 

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An additional 2,000 free legal appointments for domestic violence victims will soon be possible each year, after Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) received $340,000 from the state’s Masonic charity, with most of the funds being allocated to extend their Annerley premises.

The extensions, being funded by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, will incorporate six confidential, airconditioned, fully fitted out offices to ensure they can meet the increased demand for legal assistance across Queensland.

WLSQ CEO Angela Lynch said this was the biggest gift the service had received in its 34-year history and would ensure those most vulnerable would have access to essential support.

“We are so excited by what this will help us achieve. The building extension was long overdue and the project could only be funded by generous donations such as this,” Ms Lynch said.

“Having more offices will give us the additional infrastructure to deliver 2,000 free appointments per year, which means we can assist vulnerable women when they need it most, for many more years to come.”

The 100-year-old premises are home to the statewide Domestic Violence Legal Helpline, the Rural, Regional and Remote Helpline, and the Sexual Assault Legal Service. They also include offices for legal and emergency relief appointments and twice weekly drop-in clinics. 

“This grant will also allow us to stay in a central location and remain accessible to our clients and volunteers, so we are immensely grateful for Hand Heart Pocket’s generosity,” Ms Lynch said.

The limitations of the existing building often make it difficult for staff to find private space where clients could confidentially speak about their situation.

“Being able to talk face-to-face and get expert legal advice when I was going through a difficult matter was crucial, in helping me overcome a difficult time,” Virginia Henery a WLSQ client said.

“This grant is wonderful as it will mean more vulnerable women can receive the face-to-face support they need - when they need it,” she said.

The grant follows Hand Heart Pocket’s vital interim funding of $120,000 in July last year which ensured calls to its state-wide legal helpline could continue to be answered until long-term funding was secured. It also allowed 40 regional community workers to be trained and a revamp of the website to make information more readily accessible.  

Hand Heart Pocket CEO Gary Mark said supporting women’s financial and physical security was part of the organisation’s long-term strategy.

“We are focused on providing sustainable support to organisations that have limited access to other funding, to ensure they can continue to deliver essential services,” Mr Mark said.  

“This grant will empower Women’s Legal Service Queensland to continue building safer futures for vulnerable women and their children who are seeking a better life – having already helped over 120,000 women and with them 250,000 children in the last three decades,” he said.

Construction is expected to get underway in the next couple of months and is expected to be complete in August this year.

Photo: Women's Legal Service Queensland celebrates the announcement of a $340,000 grant from Hand Heart Pocket with The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Hand Heart Pocket Board Members, management and Hand Heart Pocket Champions. 

Stroke patients undergoing rehabilitation at Gympie Hospital have been empowered to lead more independent lives after the Gympie & District Masonic Fundraising Committee teamed up with Hand Heart Pocket to donate two specialised wheelchairs.

Patients working to regain their strength, as part of the rehabilitation program, will be able to operate the wheelchairs using one arm, giving them the ability to keep moving.

Committee spokesperson Wayne Smith said they hope the donation will improve patients’ wellbeing and enhance the rehabilitation process. 

“The road to recovery is never easy – patients will have their good days and bad days, so we hope this donation uplifts them and gives hope to their families,” Wayne said.

“Suddenly having movement on only one side of the body can be mentally challenging, so it will be good for these patients to feel as though they can still move around independently to a certain degree,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark spoke highly of the Gympie & District Masonic Fundraising Committee which represents nine individual Lodges.

“Enhancing the rehabilitation process by providing specialised equipment to improve the quality of life of stroke patients aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values, which are about alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

“I congratulate the Gympie and District Freemasons for identifying this worthy cause which we were only too happy to support,” Gary said.

In the past 18 months alone, the Committee has donated close to $23,000 to local organisations and individuals.

Photo: Members of the Gympie & District Masonic Fundraising Committee stopped by the Hospital to check out the new specialised wheelchairs, which were purchased with the funds they donated along with Hand Heart Pocket.  

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Rehabilitation specialists at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have been given a hand up, to help rebuild the lives of Queensland’s critically ill kids and get them home sooner, following a generous donation from the state’s Masonic charity on behalf of its members.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation will be investing 100% of the $150,000 donation from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, towards the purchase of vital rehabilitation equipment and important services that are solely funded by donations, like music therapy. These play a key role in helping to get more than 600 critically ill kids home sooner from the Brisbane-based hospital each year.

Funds were raised through Hand Heart Pocket’s 2017 Christmas Appeal, in conjunction with the organisation’s network of Masonic Lodges throughout Queensland.

Rosie Simpson, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation said the donation would benefit sick kids and their families from all over Queensland.

“Every year the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital cares for more than 230,000 critically ill or injured children across Queensland and Northern New South Wales with just over 40 per cent of these kids from regional or rural areas.

“While some stay for only a few days or weeks, others stay for months or years, until they are well enough to go home and even then, many need to undergo rehabilitation in their community.

“Thanks to the support of Hand Heart Pocket we can continue to fund vital medical equipment and important services that are solely funded by donations, like music therapy, at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to help kids on their rehabilitation journey to get better and go home sooner with their families,” she said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said support for contemporary families was part of their long-term strategy and thanked the Masonic Lodges throughout the state who supported this appeal.

“Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes, to Queensland charities and individuals that have limited access to other funding sources.

“The hospital’s family-focused approach to recovery resonates with Hand Heart Pocket’s values, which are about alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead more independent lives. Also, many of our members identified with these families who travel hundreds, if not thousands of kilometres for expert hospital care – so the sooner they can return home, with the tools to navigate their new lives, the better.

“I would like to thank the wife of the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland for bringing the work of the Children’s Hospital Foundation to our attention – which she has chosen to support during her husband’s three-year term. May our joint efforts change lives,” he said.

Photo: Representatives from Hand Heart Pocket handover a cheque for $150,000 on behalf of its members to representatives from the Children's Hospital Foundation. Pictured also are the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson and his wife Robyn Townson. 

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Efforts to ensure more people with disabilities have access to appropriate housing on the Darling Downs
have been fast-tracked, thanks to a generous donation from a Masonic charity to YellowBridge QLD.

The $450,000 donation from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will enable the
construction of a purpose-built three-bedroom unit in Toowoomba, which will accommodate two people with disabilities and a carer.

The unit is one of four fully customised units being built by Enabled Living, which will meet individual
needs, include assistive technology, and help empower residents to lead more independent lives.

YellowBridge QLD Chief Executive Officer Penny Hamilton said the donation couldn’t have come at a
better time.

“We are in the midst of a disability housing crisis on the Darling Downs, where people with disabilities,
especially those whose ageing parents can no longer look after them, have no-where to go,” Penny said.

“We know of 40 people in this position. While many have the means to buy or rent their own place, there is simply no suitable housing for them in the region,” she said.

“A few will never have the means to pay for a place to live.”

“Having access to appropriate housing is an important part of the equation for improving the overall quality of life of people with disabilities, so we are very grateful for this support.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said the local Freemasons were vocal supporters
of YellowBridge QLD, due to its proven record of supporting more than 4,000 people to lead more
meaningful and connected lives each year.

“Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes; to provide a hand up to
communities, charities and individuals that have limited access to other funding sources,” Mr Mark said.

“Alleviating the stress on ageing parents who care for their disabled children - through the provision of
innovative purpose-built housing - aligns with our values of equipping people to lead better lives,” he said.

“We are delighted to partner with YellowBridge QLD on this important initiative and know it will be a
catalyst for changing the landscape of disability housing in the region.”

Photo: Penny Hamilton CEO YellowBridge QLD, Carolyn Brown Chair YellowBridge QLD, Alan Townson Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland and Gary Mark CEO Hand Heart Pocket.

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Children and teenagers with disabilities will be empowered to live life to the fullest after Dunellan Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket joined forces to support BestLife Foundation.

The $1200 donation will be allocated to their sleepover program, which is one of several away-from-home experiences that the organisation provides for 6 to 19-year-olds with disabilities.

Dunellan Lodge Secretary, Colin Clapper said the donation would cover the associated costs of four children participating in the sleepover program.

“Having a disability shouldn’t stop you from living life to the full, but often, that is the reality for many of these children, who simply miss out on having fun,” Colin said.

“Every parent wants the best for their child, but managing the complex day-to-day care needs of their child can be a challenge in itself – which is why the work of BestLife is so vital,” he said.

“These sleepovers allow children to be children, to cultivate life skills and become more independent in a supervised environment. It’s no surprise that there is a long waiting list for this program,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark applauded Dunellan Lodge for giving back to the community.

“We can see why Dunellan Lodge wanted to support this important initiative which ensures that children with disabilities are not isolated,” Gary said.

“Improving the quality of life of children with disabilities and equipping them with the skills to lead a more independent life, are in keeping with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives.”

“It is for these reasons that Hand Heart Pocket was more than happy to support the local Freemasons with their latest charitable endeavour,” he said.

Photo: Dunellan Masonic Lodge representatives Craig Blanch and Con Carides hand over a cheque for $1200 to BestLife Foundation representative Kath Coory.

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Meals on Wheels Bundaberg has been empowered to continue doing what it does best – providing good food and friendship to those who need it, with the local Freemasons picking up the bill for an essential piece of office equipment.

Tyrian Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket donated $3,000 for a new printer, to give the local service a hand up – as the organisation’s running costs soar.

Lodge Secretary John Richardson said their support of the service, which delivers around 656 meals each week, dates back many years and for good reason.

“It’s a huge achievement, when you think that the Bundaberg Meals on Wheels have been active for over half a century – missing only one day in all that time, when the region was flooded in 2013,” John said.

“Their resilience and what they do for the most vulnerable in our community must never be taken for granted – hence our latest donation which allows them to focus on their core mission.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark commended Tyrian Lodge for being in touch with the needs of the local community.

“Tyrian Lodge’s attentiveness has seen them provide assistance to a vital community service in a timely fashion,” Gary said.

“Hand Heart Pocket’s purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes by supporting charities, individuals and community groups with limited sources of funding, so this was the right fit.”

“We are delighted to have given Meals on Wheels Bundaberg a helping hand so that they can continue to empower others in the region to lead better lives,” he said. 

Photo: Tyrian Lodge representatives Dave Smith and Mal Finnis with Meals on Wheels Bundaberg Office Assistant Lyndel Woodward as they check out the new printer.

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Children with hearing difficulties have been empowered to reach their full potential after Enoggera Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket teamed up to support Hear and Say.

The $2000 donation will go towards their Early Intervention Program, to help fund vital assessment kits to monitor the speech and listening development of children undergoing Listening and Spoken Language Therapy.

Enoggera Masonic Lodge Secretary, Neville Dacey said the Early Intervention Program was on the Lodge’s radar because the granddaughter of a fellow member had come such a long way because of it.

“Through the support of Hear and Say, Audrey, who was born profoundly deaf, at three-years-old had the vocal skills of a five-year-old,” Neville said.

“With the right support, at the right time, children with impaired hearing can lead a normal life and have the same opportunities in life as everyone else.” 

“Her (Audrey’s) quality of life has improved vastly and she will be ready for mainstream school when the time comes,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark applauded Enoggera Lodge for giving Hear and Say a hand up, to continue delivering essential services and programs that change lives.

“To stand by these children over many years, providing therapy to give them a voice and the gift of sound, aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.

“This is why we were so keen to support Enoggera Lodge with their charity work,” he said. 

Photo: Margaret Dacey, Enoggera Masonic Lodge Secretary Neville Dacey, Hear and Say’s Director of Sustainability and Strategic Relations Amanda Mather, Enoggera Masonic Lodge’s Gary Golding and Fran Golding. 

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Bundaberg Special School has had a very special delivery this week, after months of campaigning to raise funds for a new wheelchair-accessible school bus.

A donation from the Freemasons in the Wide Bay region and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland proved to be the last piece of the puzzle in what has been a huge community effort, to ensure the school is able to continue transporting wheelchair-bound students to and from excursions.

Continuity Masonic Lodge Secretary, Allan Williams said the Lodge initially donated $2,000 with the help of Hand Heart Pocket, before nominating the school for a grant, for the gap of $13,000 for the bus.

“Continuity Masonic Lodge is very proud to have been part of this community effort to ensure no student misses out on the opportunity to take part in school excursions – which is just as important as what you learn in the classroom,” Allan said.

“We’re thrilled, that on top of matching our contribution, Hand Heart Pocket covered the $13,000 gap so that the School could reach its $76,000 fundraising target sooner,” he said.

The campaign was initiated by the Bundaberg NewsMail last August, after the old school bus could no longer be covered by insurance. In the interim, teachers had to transport the 17 wheelchair-bound students to and from trips by taxi. The modified new Toyota Hiace will be able to transport two wheelchair-bound students at a time.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, thanked Continuity Lodge for bringing the cause to the organisation’s attention.

“It has been our pleasure to support Bundaberg Special School with this important initiative. I congratulate Continuity Lodge for their contribution also,” he said.

“Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes and empowering wheelchair-bound students to participate fully in the school curriculum supports that.”

“The bus is a symbol of inclusivity, and we hope that these excursions inspire and broaden students’ minds about the world around them,” he said.

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Photo: Members of Continuity Masonic Lodge alongside other community groups that supported Bundaberg Special School’s campaign for a new wheelchair-accessible school bus.

A Brisbane family has been given a hand up, to help purchase a Smart Pup Assistance Dog to improve the quality of life of their Autistic son.

The Queensland Masonic Touring Club and Hand Heart Pocket, collectively contributed $6000 towards the purchase of the specially trained canine, who is expected to help reduce the teenager’s stress levels and anxiety – having a positive impact on the entire family.

Club Secretary, Glenice Allman said the Club wanted to help the family who had been trying to raise the funds themselves.

“We’re really pleased to have been able to assist. Smart Pups have this wonderful calming presence and we’re very hopeful that Rainer’s new furry friend will improve and enrich his life each day.” Glenice said.

“It will give Rainer the chance to spend more time outdoors and help him adjust to different social situations over time and perhaps make some new friends along the way,” she said.

The family will receive the smart pup within the year, after it has been fully trained and successfully completes home placement sessions.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark gave the Queensland Masonic Touring Club a big thumbs up for this initiative.

“The Queensland Masonic Touring Club has been the catalyst in all of this. Their drive is very admirable,” Gary said.

“Hand Heart Pocket stepped in to help the Club with their fundraising because we believe in empowering people to lead better lives. We can see that this initiative would be life-changing for Rainer and his family,” Gary said.

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Photo: Members of the Queensland Masonic Touring Club Roy and Ann Fursman, Ann Shaw, Rosemary and Tom Schwabe, Bev and Reay Pool with Rainer and his family.  

Redcliffe Dining in the Dark

Join Redcliffe First Settlement Masonic Lodge for the 3rd annual Dining in the Dark event in support of Guide Dogs Queensland.

To be held on Saturday 25th May at the Belvedere Hotel in Woody Point, this unique dining experience will see guests dine while blindfolded to get an insight into what it is like to have low or no vision.

Proceeds from the evening will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and donated to Guide Dogs Queensland to help provide services like guide dog mobility, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility, and counselling to Queenslanders with low or no vision.

WHEN
Saturday 25th May, 2019 at 6:00pm

WHERE
Belvedere Hotel, Function Room, Cnr Woodcliffe Crescent & Oxley Avenue, Woody Point 4019

DRESS
Smart Casual

TICKETS
Tickets: $45 each

For more information contact Graeme on 0409 647 639 or RedcliffeDITD@gmail.com 

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