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Who We Are

For centuries Freemasons have used the symbols of hand, heart and pocket to pledge practical help, genuine empathy and financial generosity to those who need it most. Inspired by this spirit of benevolence,
today we promise that same support.

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Hand

Practical Help
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Heart

Genuine Empathy
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Pocket

Financial Generosity

We are an independent charity and philanthropic foundation that provides support to registered charities and businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, as well as families and individuals, to help improve outcomes for the community.

Hand Heart Pocket is the trading name and brand for the Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons Widows and Orphans’ Fund, which was founded by the Freemasons of Queensland over 110 years ago and has an extensive history of charity, benevolence and philanthropy.

At a state-wide level, we partner with other charities and philanthropists and provide Significant and Flagship Grants which mainly focus on improving outcomes for youth at risk.

Hand Heart Pocket also provides a smaller portion of its larger grant funding for programs and initiatives that support men’s mental and physical health, women’s financial and physical security and our ageing population.

At a grassroots level, we work with Freemason Lodges across Queensland and in Papua New Guinea who know exactly which local initiative, individual or family needs our support, so together, we can strengthen families and communities.

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WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR

Wwaico Identity
Identity
Building on the legacy of Freemasonry, we empower, support and enable humanity in an ever-changing world.
Wwaico Purpose
Purpose
Through engagement with members and communities, we identify opportunities to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes.
Wwaico Values
Values
Our values bind us together as an organisation and are reflected in everything we do.
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Our Values Are

  • Compassion

    Alleviate suffering and misfortune

  • Integrity

    Moral and ethical

  • Empowerment

    Equip people directly or through others to lead better lives

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Latest News

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NewsMia Wilkinson Follow Up 2020

Unstoppable Mia continues to inspire us all

In 2019, we brought you the inspiring story of little Mia Wilkinson, who at the age of four, became a quad amputee. Through our Benevolence Assistance program, we were able to provide $15,000 to help with modifications to the family home to ensure that Mia could maintain her independence. Now, three years since the harrowing […]
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Freemasons COVID-19 Grant helps Mareeba Hospital in fight against pandemic

Mareeba Hospital has been given a hand up in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic with vital new equipment donated by the local Freemasons. Granite Freemasons Lodge together with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland have provided almost $45,000 towards additional equipment including a Lifepak 15 defibrillator, trauma stretcher trolley and a mobile […]
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Young carers in Queensland to receive extra support to finish school

Young carers living in Brisbane, Townsville and Bundaberg will receive extra support to overcome barriers to education, with the rollout of a new pilot program in Queensland by Australia’s leading young carer support organisation, Little Dreamers. Backed by a $380,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, the Young Carer Project […]
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NewsMicah Projects Grant Celebration Event Large

Continuity of support for vulnerable families in crisis

Vulnerable young families in crisis on Brisbane’s southside continue to have access to vital support services to break down barriers and create their own futures, with philanthropic support having secured Micah Project’s Wellspring Hub in Hawthorne earlier this year. The partnership between Micah Projects and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland was formally […]
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NewsOpen Doors Youth Service Grant Celebration Event Large

Grant helps youth homelessness and support service to build capacity

A South East Queensland charity that supports more than 2,000 young LGBTIQ+ people each year to overcome issues such as homelessness and a range of other life challenges will soon be able to better understand, measure and manage the impact they are making with a funding injection of $80,000. Open Doors Youth Service (ODYS) received […]
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Katie Rose Cottage Hospice welcomes Freemasons grant

Katie Rose Cottage Hospice has received a helping hand to top up on personal protective equipment and essential cleaning supplies thanks to a $9,600 COVID-19 Grassroots Community Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland. The three-bed palliative care facility on the Sunshine Coast which has remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, was […]

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