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Helping hand for Mareeba rehab ward

The Mareeba Hospital were the benefi ciaries of more than $23,000 in funding to go towards much-needed machinery and services at the local hospital thanks to the generosity of the Hand Heart Pocket and Mareeba Masonic Lodge.

Rehab patients at Mareeba Hospital have been given a hand up with their recovery, thanks to the local Freemasons.

Granite Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland provided $23,598 for a blanket warmer and bladder scanner.

Granite Masonic Lodge representative Roy Blakeney said they’ve always been keen to help fulfill the needs of their community.

“This is our local hospital, so it’s a good feeling to know that we’ve been able to contribute to what is needed, through the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation,” he said.

“The Lodge contributed $5,000 and we were fortunate enough to receive a Hand Heart Pocket Grassroots Grant for the remaining $18,598.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Granite Masonic Lodge has taken an interest in providing a hand up in the community over the years.

“Earlier this year, a new palliative care room was opened at Mareeba Blue Care Garden Settlement Aged Care, with Granite Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket having donated $42,500 towards the cause,” Gary said.

“Similarly, we were able to support the Lodge’s latest efforts because initiatives that improve people’s quality of life aligns with our long-term charitable intent,” he said.

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

We work with other charities to identify and fund initiatives that have real, life-changing potential. We also collaborate with Freemason Lodges across Queensland and help individuals in times of extreme need to get them back on their feet.

We use our funds wisely to give a hand up – not a handout – and to build potential.

For more information about Hand Heart Pocket, visit www. handheartpocket.org.au or for more about the Carpentaria District Freemasons go to www.dglcarpentaria.org.au

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