Masons all ears to local charity’s needs

Sunshine Coast Lodges Grassroots Hear And Say Large

The notion that good things come in small packages certainly was the case at the Hear and Say Sunshine Coast Centre in Nambour last week, as a small but critical piece of equipment was unveiled.

The organisation which empowers children with hearing loss to reach their full learning potential was gifted a new Phonak Roger touchscreen wireless communication device and microphone by the local Masonic Lodges and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Sunshine Coast Freemason Mike Aldrich said the $1,100 device would be used during the early intervention playgroup sessions.

“A Listening and Spoken Language Specialist can wear the microphone around their neck or place it in the middle of a table during these sessions and sound will be streamed directly into the children’s cochlear impacts or hearing aids, providing greater clarity as they learn to hear, listen and speak,” Mike said.

“The results achieved at the Centre are nothing short of impressive, which is why we took an interest in funding this upgrade,” Mike said.

In August last year, representatives of Waverley-Palmwoods, Landsborough, Maroochy, Nambour and Rosslyn Masonic Lodges visited the Centre to see firsthand the difference a statewide grant for half-a-million-dollars from the state’s Masonic charity was having on the ground.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said this latest grassroots support shows how committed Lodges are to supporting local initiatives.

“By working together, the Sunshine Coast Freemasons have provided a helping hand for a deserving local charity,” Gary said.

“We were able to match their efforts because education initiatives that empower children with disabilities to lead more independent lives, aligns with our long-term charitable intent,” he said.

Photos: Representatives of Waverley-Palmwoods, Landsborough, Maroochy, Nambour and Rosslyn Masonic Lodges visited the Hear and Say Sunshine Coast Centre for the unveiling of a critical piece of equipment which they donated. 

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