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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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Genuine Empathy
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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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Grant helps create new employment pathways for young people like Cheslyn

21-year-old Cheslyn has always had a passion for animals and is ‘super excited and keen’ to soon realise her dream of working with them, thanks to the support of Happy Paws Happy Hearts Foundation. Earlier this year the not-for-profit received a Significant grant of almost $480,000 from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, […]
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Older Queenslanders like Kath to beat stigma of hearing loss with hand up

For retired teacher aide and librarian Kath Brown, getting a hearing test was life-changing, allowing her to get on top of her hearing loss and stay socially connected. However, the 82-year-old was initially apprehensive about the process and put it off for as long as possible. “My hearing had almost become an embarrassment, but I […]
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Struggling Logan residents receive free groceries with Freemasons help

400 Logan residents experiencing financial hardship in the wake of COVID-19 will receive a helping hand to put food on the table. It comes after not-for-profit grocery store Lighthouse Care received a $10,000 Grassroots Community Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland towards their $25 trolley initiative. As a result of the […]
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Students’ wellbeing enhanced with Freemasons Community Grant

The wellbeing of at-risk youth at Maleny State High School has been enhanced, giving them every chance to reach their potential, with Your Dream Inc. receiving a $5,000 funding injection. The Grassroots Community Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will enable the organisation to invest more resources to address student’s financial […]
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Freemasons Community Grant boosts Longreach Men’s Shed

Members of Longreach Men’s Shed now have more equipment to put to use, having been awarded a $5,500 Grassroots Community Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland. The group was able to purchase a new wood cutting band saw, second-hand metal folding machine and guillotine with the grant. Longreach Men’s Shed spokesperson […]
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Students to stay cool with Freemasons Community Grant

Students at Hervey Bay Special School will stay cool while honing their hospitality skills, after being awarded a $3,470 Grassroots Community Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland. The school’s training coffee shop which is open to the public every Friday has had cafe blinds installed to keep both students and their […]

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