Men in Cairns are being urged to put their health first as the local Freemasons get ready to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical health.
On 28 February, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Cairns Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run a free public information session as part of the ‘Men’s Health Matters’ awareness campaign.
The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Men’s Health Matters was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.
“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.
The free public 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, diabetes and heart disease, mental health 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 Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.
“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”
Cairns Freemason Raja Chohan called on all locals to pencil this event in their diary.
“This is another way that we can support our community by helping to bring men’s health to people’s attention,” he said.
“Even small changes over a period of time can have a positive impact,” he said.