Drought-affected communities have again received a hand-up from the Masons of the Far North, 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 Carpentaria Freemasons’ $10,133 contribution has been tripled to $30,399.
Carpentaria District Grand Master Henry Condon said they knew that by supporting the Appeal, their contribution would go further.
“So many Freemasons in the region wanted to get involved and help struggling families and communities,” Henry said.
“We’re grateful we’ve been able to raise so much, and thanks to the hard work and dedication of Far North Queensland locals, drought-affected Queenslanders will be given more help in their time of need,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the response has been amazing.
“We are grateful to the Carpentaria 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.