Ma­sons put big money into care

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THE cam­paign for a ded­i­cated pal­lia­tive care room at a lo­cal Aged Care fa­cil­ity in Ma­reeba will soon be re­alised, af­ter the lo­cal Freema­sons do­nated $42,500 to­wards the project.

Gran­ite Masonic Lodge, with the help of Freema­son char­ity Hand Heart Pocket, came up with the funds which will al­low ter­mi­nally ill res­i­dents at Blue Care Ma­reeba Aged Care Fa­cil­ity to use this area with their loved ones.

The funds that have been do­nated will en­able Ma­reeba Gar­dens Set­tle­ment to pur­chase spe­cialised equip­ment and fur­nish the room to fa­cil­i­tate a homely set­ting for pal­li­a­tion.

Gran­ite Masonic Lodge rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Roy Blak­eney, said this was an im­por­tant first step for the re­gion, where lo­cal pal­lia­tive care support in gen­eral has been limited.

“Gran­ite Lodge is very proud to have con­trib­uted to this project which will help to im­prove the qual­ity of life of ter­mi­nally ill nurs­ing home res­i­dents at Ma­reeba Gar­den Set­tle­ment,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket chief ex­ec­u­tive, Gary Mark, com­mended Gran­ite Masonic Lodge for giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity in this way.

“It’s ev­i­dent that Gran­ite Lodge has the best in­ter­ests of its com­mu­nity at heart,” he said.

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