Big boost for farm as­sis­tance

Freema­sons help drought re­lief

Daily Mercury - - PEOPLE -

MACKAY Freema­sons have given a help­ing hand to drought-af­fected Queens­lan­ders by do­nat­ing $72,000.

Mackay Dis­trict Freema­son are pas­sion­ate about the cause and re­cently teamed up with Hand Heart Pocket the Char­ity of Freema­sons Queens­land to pro­vide the large do­na­tion to­wards their Drought Dis­as­ter Re­lief Ap­peal.

The money was raised through an ini­tia­tive which has seen Hand Heart Pocket do­nate an ad­di­tional two dol­lars for ev­ery dol­lar donated by its mem­bers and Ma­sonic Lodges.

That meant that the Mackay Dis­trict Freema­sons’ $24,000 con­tri­bu­tion has been tripled.

Mackay Freema­son Gra­ham Townsend said the money raised was in­dica­tive of Freema­sons’ com­mu­nity spirit and com­mit­ment to help­ing oth­ers.

“Freema­sons of the Mackay re­gion ac­tively sup­port lo­cal causes, but with the drought af­fect­ing so many Queens­lan­ders across the state, we knew we had to get be­hind them,” Mr Townsend said.

“It’s great to know that with the help of Hand Heart Pocket so many peo­ple will ben­e­fit from our ef­forts.”

Hand Heart Pocket chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Mark said the re­sponse has been amaz­ing.

“We are grate­ful to the Mackay Dis­trict Freema­sons for their ef­forts – they’ve been phe­nom­e­nal,” Mr Mark said.

This takes the to­tal funds dis­trib­uted over the last four years, on be­half of Freema­sons, to al­most $1.44 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.

As an in­de­pen­dent char­ity founded by the Freema­sons of Queens­land, Hand Heart Pocket helps in areas of statewide and lo­cal need that have lim­ited ac­cess to other fund­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Hand Heart Pocket the Char­ity of Freema­sons Queens­land visit www.hand­heart­

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