Communities across Queensland impacted by the floods in recent months, have not been forgotten by our southern friends, in their recovery journey.
Freemasons Victoria and Freemasons Foundation Victoria have made a joint contribution of $100,000 to help with recovery efforts in Queensland, through the Hand Heart Pocket GIVIT Disaster Relief appeal.
Freemasons Foundation Victoria Chairman, Rodney Lavin, said they were proud to make this donation on behalf of the Freemasons of Victoria.
“Our Brothers and all our friends in Queensland have suffered greatly during the recent floods. We hope that this financial gift assists in the recovery and helps things get back to normal as soon as possible,” Mr Lavin said.
“Having been through some significant natural disasters in years gone by, such as the Black Saturday bushfires, we know how important a community-led approach to recovery can be.
“We stand in solidarity with those devastated by the floods and indeed the Freemasons of Queensland through their philanthropic foundation, Hand Heart Pocket,” Mr Lavin said.
GIVIT will distribute 100% of the donation through its community partners on the ground, making sure people get exactly what they need.
To date the Hand Heart Pocket GIVIT Disaster Relief appeal has raised $211,285 during the 2021-22 summer, including this latest donation.
Hand Heart Pocket CEO Sara Parrott thanked the Freemasons of Victoria for their generosity.
“We thank the Freemasons of Victoria for standing shoulder to shoulder with us during what has been an incredibly difficult time for communities across south east Queensland,” Ms Parrott said.
“In times of natural disasters we can provide an immediate contribution on behalf of the Freemasons of Queensland to help GIVIT mobilise relief and recovery efforts. This also provides a way for our Members and their loved ones to contribute if they can.
“We know the road to recovery will be long but Queenslanders are resilient and it’s heart-warming to know that our Appeal is helping thousands of people get back on their feet after going through such a traumatic experience,” Ms Parrott said.