Freemasons look out for veterans’ families

23 08 12 Legacy Brisbane Uglq

When we recite the Ode each ANZAC Day, we make a commitment to never forget the service of those that have given their lives for this country so that our region lives in peace today.

When our servicemen and women are injured or pay the ultimate price, Legacy makes a commitment to support their loved ones through life. They provide financial relief for young families and run extra-curricular activities for children as well as supporting elderly war widows to stay socially connected.

Legacy Brisbane’s cause is one that resonates strongly with the Freemasons of Queensland. The Masonic Memorial Centre in Brisbane is the only Masonic organisation in the southern hemisphere to house a permanent memorial for our ANZACs, with the Urn of Remembrance a prominent feature of the ground floor level. Recently the Grand Lodge Secretariat donated $5,000 to Legacy Brisbane which included a Matched donation from Hand Heart Pocket.

The funds were raised through the sale of limited edition lapel pins sold in April for ANZAC Day.

Grand Master Jeff Harper thanked Members for their generosity.

“Giving, whether that’s time or money, is an important facet of Freemasonry. It keeps us connected to community, it sees us live our values and help those most in need,” Mr Harper said.

“Looking out for the families of injured and fallen servicemen and women is our way of showing our gratitude for what they have endured for us.”

Hand Heart Pocket CEO Sara Parrott said year on year, the Freemasons of Queensland continue to make a positive impact in communities across the state.

“With the support of Hand Heart Pocket our Members give close to half a million dollars to the community each year. This includes the volunteer hours they put in, which we also match with a donation,” Ms Parrott said.

“We are very pleased to have been able to match the fundraising efforts of the Grand Lodge team in support of Legacy Brisbane and the work they do to help the loved ones of our injured and fallen servicemen and women to lead happy and healthy lives.”

Legacy Brisbane supports close to 5,000 widows and widowers, close to 300 children and young people and has 250 Legatees and staff working tirelessly across the state.

Find our more about our Matched Giving program

Photo: Hand Heart Pocket Chairman Alasdair Begley, Legacy Brisbane Representative Sally Gardner and UGLQ Grand Master Jeff Harper.


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