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Queensland Men’s Sheds set to benefit from Mason’s Father’s Day Appeal

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland is gearing up to raise funds for Men’s Sheds across Queensland while increasing awareness for men’s physical and mental health through its 2018 Father’s Day Appeal.

Running throughout September and October 2018, the Hand Heart Pocket Father’s Day Appeal will see Masonic Lodge’s rally together to hold men’s health events at Masonic Centres across Queensland, while also raising funds for local Men’s Sheds.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said support for initiatives that improve men’s mental and physical health was part of the organisation’s long-term strategy.

“We’re excited to be launching our Father’s Day Appeal this year with our charity partner, Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA). Together, we hope to empower more Queensland men to take control of their health,” Gary said.

AMSA and local Men’s Sheds will team up to support events throughout the 2018 Appeal and deliver free men’s health checks as part of AMSA’s Spanner in the Works? men’s health initiative.

“It’s a real privilege to be the chosen charity partner of Hand Heart Pocket’s Father’s Day Appeal this year as there are some real synergies between the community values prized within Masonic Lodges and Men’s Sheds,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

Lodge events will provide communities with information about proactive approaches to positive physical and mental health and will raise funds for local Men’s Sheds on event days.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Appeal, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will provide AMSA with significant grant funding to support Men’s Sheds in Queensland in 2019.

“The support of the Father’s Day Appeal will go a long way in assisting us to provide financial assistance as well as access to health and wellbeing initiatives to Men’s Sheds and their communities across Queensland,” said Mr Helmers.

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 Masonic 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 and to build potential.  Visit handheartpocket.org.au to find out more.