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Freemasons help drought relief
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.handheartpocket.org.au