16 November 2018

North Queensland Freemasons contribute to $1.45M for drought-affected Queenslanders

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Drought-affected communities have again received a hand-up from the Masons of North Queensland, who together with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and Masonic Lodges throughout the state, have donated $1.45 million in the last four years.

Hand Heart Pocket’s latest initiative, the Drought Disaster Relief Appeal, saw the charity donate an additional two dollars for every one dollar donated by its members and Masonic Lodges, meaning that the Townsville Freemasons’ $8,920 contribution has been tripled to $26,760.

District Grand Master of North Queensland Les Keane said it’s amazing what can be achieved when you band together.

“A collective contribution of $26,760 from Masonic Lodges in the District and Hand Heart Pocket is a fantastic result,” Les said.

“Thank you to everyone who gave their time or money to give a hand up to drought-affected communities. Our impact will be felt across Queensland,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the response has been amazing.

“We are grateful to the Townsville Freemasons for their efforts,” Gary said.

“Freemasons across the state have rallied to make a significant contribution towards providing a hand-up for drought-affected families and communities – collectively contributing $450,000 with Hand Heart Pocket over the past six weeks. This takes the total funds distributed over the last four years, on behalf of Freemasons, to $1.45 Million, this is an extraordinary effort across our membership”.

With this money, Hand Heart Pocket will provide Eftpos cards to be distributed through its partners on the ground so that funds can get to where they are needed most, helping to put food on the table and pay for essential bills.

“We’ll be working with the Western Drought Appeal and their associated distribution channels, the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Queensland Education and the School of Distant Education parent support group to distribute the Eftpos cards to where they are needed most,” said Gary.

Find out more about the Charity of Freemasons Queensland