Hervey Bay Special School’s newest outdoor area can now be used to its full potential following the installation of a shade sail made possible in part, by the local Masonic Lodge.
Mundubbera Burnett Lodge and the Sandy Strait Sizzlers, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, have contributed $10,000 towards the shade sail project which cost $13,000 all up.
Mundubbera Burnett Lodge Secretary, Peter Keller said it’s been fantastic to help the school with this project, which has meant students and teachers can enjoy the new space while being protected from the sun.
“The new space is such a great addition to the school and will enhance the students’ school experience,” Peter said.
Currently, close to 100 students with disabilities are enrolled at the school, with each expected to make use of the new space at one time or another.
“We have such great weather in Queensland so it would be a shame not to spend more time learning outdoors,” Peter said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark congratulated Mundubbera Burnett Lodge for pitching in.
“In the last 10 years Mundubbera Burnett Lodge in conjunction with the Sandy Strait Sizzlers have donated over $80,000 to various charities in the Wide Bay region, giving countless individuals, community groups and organisations a hand up,” Gary said.
“Enriching the lives of students, by helping to improve the built environment, tallies with Hand Heart Pocket’s purpose which is about providing sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes. Thus we were keen to match the fundraising efforts of the Lodge, enabling them to make a bigger difference,” he said.
Photo: Mundubbera Burnett Lodge and the Sandy Strait Sizzlers, along with Hand Heart Pocket joined forces to ensure the installation of a shade sail for the benefit of students at Hervey Bay Special School.