Children with disabilities empowered to gain independence

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More children with disabilities in Brisbane will get the chance to enjoy a weekend away thanks to the Freemasons.

BestLife Foundation’s sleepover program has received a $4,000 boost from Dunellan Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, to give up to ten children with disabilities the opportunity to have an away-from-home experience, where they can form new friendships and learn important life-skills whilst having fun.

Dunellan Masonic Lodge representative Colin Clapper said this was the second time that they had supported BestLife Foundation, having donated $1,200 with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the year before.

“This program enhances the quality of life for so many young girls and boys,” Colin said.

“We just had to get behind the initiative again so that more children could be part of this unique experience,” he said.

Taking place in a purpose-built house at MacKenzie Special School, BestLife Foundation’s sleepover program is conducted by qualified professionals, with a growing number of families benefiting from the program each year.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said his organisation works with Masonic Lodges to support charities that are making a tangible difference in the community.

“Education initiatives that empower children with disabilities to lead more independent lives aligns with our long-term charitable intent,” Gary said.

“Through our grassroots grants program, we’ve been able to maximise the impact of Dunellan Masonic Lodge’s charity work at a local level,” he said.

Photo: Members of Dunellan Masonic Lodge handed over a cheque for $4,000 to BestLife Foundation.

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