Queenslanders living with Parkinson’s disease will have additional resources available to them, to help them live well, despite their diagnosis.
Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated $4,000 to Parkinson’s Queensland, with a portion of funds going towards the purchase of books, journal articles and DVDs for the Maureen Platt Library.
The other portion of funds will support the organisation’s nurse education grants program to help fund the postgraduate studies of Parkinson’s care nurses in Queensland.
“We’re excited to help improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s Queenslands’ 1,366 clients,” Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge representative Gary Golding said.
“As someone who has Parkinson’s, I know how empowering information can be, as do several other members of our Lodge.”
“Information, education and peer support are key to living well after a Parkinson’s diagnosis, which along with treatment can help a person with the disease to maintain their independence.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said initiatives that empower the ageing population to lead more independent lives is part of their long-term strategic focus.
“It was clear that these two initiatives aligned with our charitable intent, especially because Parkinson’s is typically an older person’s disease. The average age of diagnosis is 65,” Mr Mark said.
“Together with Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge, we’ve been able to have a bigger impact for more Queenslanders,” he said.
Photo: Parkinson’s QLD CEO Mark Hindle, Enoggera-Thistle Masonic Lodge representatives John Zamofing and Gary Golding, Parkinson’s QLD President Professor George Mellick and Frances Golding.