Men in the Scenic Rim will be empowered to lead better lives, with the local Freemasons set to host the first leg of a statewide awareness campaign focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.
Coinciding with the Beaudesert Masonic Centre’s upcoming public Open Day on 29th September, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and the local Freemasons will run an information session in partnership with CheckUP as part of the 2019 Men’s Health Matters awareness campaign. The community event is the first of up to 15 events to be held across Queensland from September 2019 – March 2020.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said they are excited for the launch in Beaudesert.
“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a statewide and grassroots level is part of our long-term charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this important and potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.
The free information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, important CheckUPs for men, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and wellbeing and relationships.
CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.
“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Masonic Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” she said.
“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have a conversation about their mental and physical health is essential,” Ms Liddy said.
Beaudesert Freemason Len Undy is looking forward to welcoming people to the Masonic Centre.
“Being attentive to the needs of the community is part of what it means to be a Freemason. If the Men’s Health Matters information session can motivate one person to make a positive change in their life, then that’s going to have a ripple effect on their family unit and our community in the long run,” Len said.
“Everybody is welcome to this community event. It’s also a great opportunity to find out what the Freemasons are all about. There is so much more to our work than secret handshakes and rituals,” he said.
The Beaudesert Men’s Health Matters information session will take place on Sunday 29th September at the Beaudesert Masonic Centre from 11am – 12:30pm.