The Welcome Home project gets Toowoomba Freemasons support

Protea Place Year 1

Nothing compares to the sense of safety and security that comes from having a place to call home, especially for women building their independence, after experiencing domestic violence or homelessness.

Protea Place in Toowoomba helps women make that fresh start. In addition to running a drop-in and resource centre in town, they also help women into secure housing, preparing the home with essential household items to create a homely feel.

One community group showing their support is the Toowoomba Freemasons who in the last 12 months have contributed over $18,000 towards essential supplies for 10 women and 14 children. Their efforts have meant the women can return to work, education or training sooner and get back on their feet.

The Toowoomba and District Masonic Council has partnered with Protea Place for two years. To kickstart the partnership, the Freemasons of Queensland charity, Hand Heart Pocket, donated $10,000 to the Centre. In the last 12 months Members volunteered a total of 75 hours, fundraised $4,300 and donated personally, all of which was matched with a donation from Hand Heart Pocket.

President of the Toowoomba and District Masonic Council, David Norgate said their Members have been busy, out in the community, manning sausage sizzle stands on weekends and volunteering as ushers at the Protea Place annual gala.

“Focusing all our efforts on one cause for two years means we can get out there are really advocate for Protea Place,” Mr Norgate said.

“In Toowoomba the community has wrapped its arms around the woman and children of Protea Place. We’re proud to be working in partnership with the local community. We hope to build on our efforts and make an even bigger contribution in the year ahead.”

Hand Heart Pocket CEO Sara Parrott congratulated the Toowoomba Freemasons for their commitment to the partnership.

“The Freemasons of Toowoomba have a long history of supporting their community, so Hand Heart Pocket was keen to work with them to maximise their efforts,” Ms Parrott said.

“Our purpose is to partner for change for people in need and our Members help to bring that to life in communities across Queensland.

“Sadly in the past 12 months cost of living pressures have put a huge strain on families, some leading to family breakdown. Sudden illness can also change people’s circumstances greatly. The community’s response to this is what’s most important and we are proud to support the local Freemasons with their partnership.

“Not only are Members making a difference for Protea Place, but they’re also demonstrating the commitment and value of Freemasons to the community. By engaging more with their community, people are seeing these good men, doing good work.”

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