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Blood cancer patients from regional and rural North Queensland who have to travel to Townsville for treatment are set to benefit from a generous donation to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Calen Masonic Lodge with the assistance of Hand Heart Pocket donation $8000 towards replacing the kitchen cooktops in 10 of the 18 self-contained units at the Leukaemia Foundation’s Queensland Freemasons Village in Townsville.

The Village is a home away from home for regional blood cancer patients who stay in Townsville for the duration of their treatment.

Lodge Secretary Graham Townsend said although the Lodge was based in Mackay, their decision to support the Townsville site was unanimous.

“Calen Lodge is delighted to see the funds go towards the upkeep of the Village that Freemasons have supported for many years,” Graham said.

“In many cases blood cancer patients from all over regional North Queensland, including Mackay, travel hundreds of kilometres to undergo treatment in Townsville.”

“Being able to stay at the Queensland Freemasons Village, which is located on the grounds of the Townsville Hospital, eliminates the need to find accommodation at a time when stress levels are already high,” he said.

For Calen Lodge, the donation was also about honouring the vision of the Freemasons who pledged $1.2 million towards the construction of the Village in the early 2000s.

“As Freemasons whose forebears contributed to the development of this Village, we feel that it’s important to support the Leukemia Foundation whatever way we can, to provide a modern home away from home for those undergoing treatment for blood cancer in Townsville,” Graham said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, congratulated Calen Lodge for their fundraising efforts.

“Calen Lodge is comprised of compassionate, giving and proactive men who have a long history of making a difference in the community. Hand Heart Pocket was ready to support them with their latest charitable endeavour,” Gary said.

The Queensland Freemasons Village in Townsville is one of five accommodation centres operated by the Leukaemia Foundation in Queensland.

Photo: The Leukaemia Foundation’s T’aire Olsen, with Calen Lodge Freemasons Worren Thomson and Graeme Townsend.

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Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland announced today at Hermit Park State School a donation of $80,000 to Townsville’s Joyful Foundation.  Funds were raised through the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal, in conjunction with its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the State.

The donation will allow the Joyful Foundation to support North Queensland’s disadvantaged primary school students to reach their full potential by providing them with basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and the cost of extra-curricular activities and excursions for those who might normally go without.

The Townsville-based Masonic initiative is the legacy of former Hermit Park State School Teacher, the late Joy Donnellan, who passed away in October 2011 after an aggressive battle with cancer. Joy often took it upon herself to buy school supplies and other basic essentials for children in need to ensure every student had the opportunity to succeed.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said that the target for this appeal had been exceed by $30,000, allowing more to be done to support students in a region that has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

“We are delighted that through the funds already disbursed from our Christmas Appeal the Joyful Foundation has been able to expand its program from 44 schools to 63 schools in North Queensland with a record 600 stationery packs delivered within the first week of the school year alone,” Gary said.

“To provide a greater impact, Hand Heart Pocket matched the fundraising efforts of its Lodges dollar for dollar, bringing the total we could donate to $80,000. Now schools as far north as Cardwell and Tully; Julia Creek, Cloncurry and Mt Isa out west and; Ayr and Home Hill south of Townsville are able to receive this potentially life-changing support from the Joyful Foundation,” he said.

Joyful Foundation Founder, Freemason and father of Joy, Ron Donnellan, said that he was grateful for all those who invested in the future of North Queensland.

These students have a real chance of flourishing in the classroom instead of falling behind,” Ron said.

“It’s not until you go and speak to the Principals and Teachers in these schools that you realise how much need there is in the community,” he said.

“Joy would be wrapped, she took her job of empowering students to be their best, seriously. It is a privilege to carry on this important life-changing work and help shape the future of North Queensland,” Ron said.

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Photo: Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark with Joyful Foundation Founder, Ron Donnellan. 

 

Blood cancer patients from regional and rural North Queensland who have to travel to Townsville for treatment are set to benefit from a generous donation to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Calen Masonic Lodge with the assistance of Hand Heart Pocket donation $8000 towards replacing the kitchen cooktops in 10 of the 18 self-contained units at the Leukaemia Foundation’s Queensland Freemasons Village in Townsville.

The Village is a home away from home for regional blood cancer patients who stay in Townsville for the duration of their treatment.

Lodge Secretary Graham Townsend said although the Lodge was based in Mackay, their decision to support the Townsville site was unanimous.

“Calen Lodge is delighted to see the funds go towards the upkeep of the Village that Freemasons have supported for many years,” Graham said.

“In many cases blood cancer patients from all over regional North Queensland, including Mackay, travel hundreds of kilometres to undergo treatment in Townsville.”

“Being able to stay at the Queensland Freemasons Village, which is located on the grounds of the Townsville Hospital, eliminates the need to find accommodation at a time when stress levels are already high,” he said.

For Calen Lodge, the donation was also about honouring the vision of the Freemasons who pledged $1.2 million towards the construction of the Village in the early 2000s.

“As Freemasons whose forebears contributed to the development of this Village, we feel that it’s important to support the Leukemia Foundation whatever way we can, to provide a modern home away from home for those undergoing treatment for blood cancer in Townsville,” Graham said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, congratulated Calen Lodge for their fundraising efforts.

“Calen Lodge is comprised of compassionate, giving and proactive men who have a long history of making a difference in the community. Hand Heart Pocket was ready to support them with their latest charitable endeavour,” Gary said.

The Queensland Freemasons Village in Townsville is one of five accommodation centres operated by the Leukaemia Foundation in Queensland.

Photo: The Leukaemia Foundation’s T’aire Olsen, with Calen Lodge Freemasons Worren Thomson and Graeme Townsend.

Find a Masonic Lodge in your area 

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland announced today at Hermit Park State School a donation of $80,000 to Townsville’s Joyful Foundation.  Funds were raised through the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal, in conjunction with its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the State.

The donation will allow the Joyful Foundation to support North Queensland’s disadvantaged primary school students to reach their full potential by providing them with basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and the cost of extra-curricular activities and excursions for those who might normally go without.

The Townsville-based Masonic initiative is the legacy of former Hermit Park State School Teacher, the late Joy Donnellan, who passed away in October 2011 after an aggressive battle with cancer. Joy often took it upon herself to buy school supplies and other basic essentials for children in need to ensure every student had the opportunity to succeed.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said that the target for this appeal had been exceed by $30,000, allowing more to be done to support students in a region that has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

“We are delighted that through the funds already disbursed from our Christmas Appeal the Joyful Foundation has been able to expand its program from 44 schools to 63 schools in North Queensland with a record 600 stationery packs delivered within the first week of the school year alone,” Gary said.

“To provide a greater impact, Hand Heart Pocket matched the fundraising efforts of its Lodges dollar for dollar, bringing the total we could donate to $80,000. Now schools as far north as Cardwell and Tully; Julia Creek, Cloncurry and Mt Isa out west and; Ayr and Home Hill south of Townsville are able to receive this potentially life-changing support from the Joyful Foundation,” he said.

Joyful Foundation Founder, Freemason and father of Joy, Ron Donnellan, said that he was grateful for all those who invested in the future of North Queensland.

These students have a real chance of flourishing in the classroom instead of falling behind,” Ron said.

“It’s not until you go and speak to the Principals and Teachers in these schools that you realise how much need there is in the community,” he said.

“Joy would be wrapped, she took her job of empowering students to be their best, seriously. It is a privilege to carry on this important life-changing work and help shape the future of North Queensland,” Ron said.

Find out more about the Joyful Foundation 

Photo: Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark with Joyful Foundation Founder, Ron Donnellan.