Genealogy Sunshine Coast is teaching locals how to use digital technology to preserve local history for future generations.
The not-for-profit community organisation recently received a $2,000 donation from Maroochydore Freemasons Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket to support the running of the educational program.
Maroochydore Freemasons Lodge representative Mike Aldrich explained how the Lodge came to know about the program.
“Earlier this year, Genealogy Sunshine Coast helped us put together the 75th anniversary book of Maroochydore Freemasons Lodge, and it was during that time that we realised what a valuable service their volunteers provide in helping the broader community to record their local history,” Mr Aldrich said.
“The program goes a step further, teaching people how to properly record, collate and archive historical information and that’s what our donation will support.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Sara Parrott said over the last year, the Freemasons of Queensland have continued to make a positive impact in communities across the state.
“In 2021-22, with the support of Hand Heart Pocket our Members gave over $460,000 to the causes that matter to them in their community,” Ms Parrott said.
“Getting local people excited about preserving local history for future generations can be really impactful at a local level. By matching the Lodge’s giving, Hand Heart Pocket has been able to train more people on how to preserve our history,” she said.