Our partners are Queensland charities and organisations that have the potential to achieve great things but are not always highly visible in the sophisticated fund-raising world. Before partnering with any organisation we research their vision and projects, as well as their governance to ensure any funds we donate will be wisely used to achieve maximum results. We currently work with these visionary organisations:
Camp Quality is a much-loved children’s cancer charity, which supports Australian children impacted by cancer – be that their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of someone they love.
Over the last 30 years Camp Quality has been providing innovative programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of children aged 0-13 growing up with cancer, and their families. Camp Quality believe ‘laughter is the best medicine’ to help kids and their families not only cope, but thrive.
Almost 7,000 Australian kids were registered for Camp Quality’s programs and services in 2016 and over 700 of those families are based in metropolitan and regional Queensland.
In June 2017 Hand Heart Pocket donated $290,000 to fund Camp Quality’s Family Camps in Queensland for a 12-month period, helping the organisation to reach more Queensland families.
Hand Heart Pocket’s support of Camp Quality is in recognition of its efforts to give children impacted by cancer every opportunity to thrive.
139 Club in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is Queensland’s largest drop in and support centre for the homeless. Established in 1975, the organisation provides a range of essential services including meals, showers, laundry facilities, day beds and medical assistance for hundreds of people sleeping rough in the city.
In June 2017, Hand Heart Pocket donated $340,000 to allow 139 Club, to extend services from five to seven days a week as part of a 12-month pilot program. The donation is expected to assist the 139 Club to provide continuity of support and secure longer-term funding to have an even greater impact on homelessness in Brisbane.
Not only is the organisation on Hand Heart Pocket’s doorstep, but support of those at the coal face is important to Hand Heart Pocket, especially other charities who alleviate suffering and misfortune to empower people to lead better lives.
Youngcare is a not-for-profit organisation spearheading powerful and positive change to create a future where every young person has the freedom, dignity and choice to live the lives we all deserve.
There is a severe shortage of age-appropriate housing for young people with high care needs, and too many young Australians are being left behind because of it. These young people deserve the freedom to choose where they live, who they live with and how they live their lives. Youngcare is tackling this national issue by acting as a conduit for industry, government and community to work together to bring much needed change to the disability housing sector.
Hand Heart Pocket first showed its support of Youngcare back in 2016, when $150,000 was donated towards the Queensland round of the Youngcare At Home Care Grants program. These grants provide one-off funding between $2,000 and $10,000 for equipment, home modifications and emergency respite for young people at risk of entering inappropriate housing such as aged care, ensuring they can remain in the care of their families for as long as possible. Thirty Queensland families directly benefited from Hand Heart Pocket’s contribution that year, with more families expected to benefit in 2017 following another donation of $150,000 towards the grants program.
Queensland Brain Insitute (QBI) is one of Australia’s leading neuroscience facilities and is undertaking groundbreaking and world-class work in a number of fields, including dementia.
Hand Heart Pocket has been supporting QBI for a number of years and in 2013 we became major sponsors of the Freemasons Queensland Senior Research Fellowship in Learning and Memory to fund a leading researcher for five years. Professor Williams was selected and is focusing on neuronal circuit techniques in the neocortex and retina. This fundamental research will have many applications but is particularly promising in improving understanding of dementia and developing treatments and prevention.
We believe the work of QBI may hold the key to some of the most far-reaching quality-of-life improvements for Queenslanders – as well as having applications around the world.
Aegium Foundation (previously known as The Geriatric Medical Foundation of Queensland) was formed in 1986 by Freemasons Queensland contributing $1 million. Its initial aim was to fund a new chair at The University of Queensland - the Masonic Chair in Geriatric Medicine, to enhance geriatric medicine teaching to medical students and support research into geriatric medicine.
Today the Foundation is dedicated to making older age a time of greater health, greater dignity and greater potential. It believes everyone should be able to enjoy a rich and fulfilling life in their older years.
As well as funding research initiatives such as the Queensland Parkinson's Project (QPP) at Griffith University, Aegium Foundation is a leader in supporting telehealth - an initiative that allows older Queenslanders in remote and regional Queensland to enjoy the best standards of care without travelling to major cities.