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Who we are

For centuries Freemasons have used the symbols of hand, heart and pocket to pledge practical help, genuine empathy and financial generosity to those who need it most. Inspired by this spirit of benevolence,
today we promise that same support.

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Hand

Practical Help
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Genuine Empathy
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Financial Generosity

Hand Heart Pocket is an independent charity and philanthropic foundation established by the Freemasons of Queensland with a history of helping the community for more than 110 years. We partner with other charities and philanthropists to create positive change for people in need in Queensland and Papua New Guinea, particularly young people. At a local level, we also back Freemason Lodges to support people in need and their local communities. Our Members’ deep connections to their local communities means they know exactly which local initiative to support, so together, we can help to bring our purpose – to partner for change for people in need – to life in communities across Queensland and Papua New Guinea.

Hand Heart Pocket is the trading name for the Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons Widows and Orphans’ Fund.

Read our 2021-22 Annual Report

Read our Consolidated Financial Report 2021-22

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OUR PURPOSE AND OUR GOAL

OUR PURPOSE

To partner for change for people in need.

OUR GOAL

Our goal is by 2030 to ensure 10,000 of Queensland’s at-risk young people have the outcomes they need to thrive in adult life.

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Our values are

  • Compassion

    Alleviate suffering and misfortune

  • Integrity

    Moral and ethical

  • Empowerment

    Equip people directly or through others to lead better lives

Latest news

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News23 01 18 Frrr

Disaster resilience funding for regional and remote communities

We partner with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) to support regional and remote communities in Queensland to plan their response to future disasters and put in place mitigations that will reduce the impact if disaster strikes. We are one of over 40 funders supporting the Strengthening Rural Communities grants program administered by […]
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News23 01 17 Osb Alan Sims

Decades of service to the community recognised with prestigious honour

Cairns Freemason Alan Sims says he was gob smacked when he found out that he was one of four Freemasons in Queensland to be awarded the prestigious Order of Service to Benevolence (OSB) jewel in the last year. Presented by the immediate past Grand Master Paul Holland, Alan says he never expected the recognition. “I […]
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News23 01 12 Qmtc Pyjama Foundation

Pyjama Angels play special role in the lives of children in foster care

Pyjama Angel volunteers play a very special role in the lives of children in foster care and can make an enormous difference through their presence. From teaching them life skills, to helping with homework and reading books, the Pyjama Angel forms a special bond with each child, helping them build a brighter future, despite a […]
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News22 12 22 Guide Dogs Barron Barnett Lodge

Puppies Barron and Barnett to be part of the next generation of Guide Dogs

For a person with low or no vision, getting out and about in the community can take a lot of planning, if they use a cane. The freedom that comes with having a Guide Dog is lifechanging, knowing they’ll be safely guided and able to be more spontaneous. To breed, raise and train a guide […]
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News22 12 21 Legacy Sunshine Coast

Freemasons donation for families of veterans

Legacy has thanked Maroochydore Freemasons Lodge for donating $1,000 to support families. The service supports 893 widows and widowers and 21 young people locally, whose loved ones have been injured or have given their lives for this country. Maroochydore Freemasons Lodge representative Mike Aldrich said it was important for the Lodge to make sure the […]
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News22 12 21 Genealogy Sunshine Coast

Educational program on preserving local history gets funding top up

Genealogy Sunshine Coast is teaching locals how to use digital technology to preserve local history for future generations. The not-for-profit community organisation recently received a $2,000 donation from Maroochydore Freemasons Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket to support the running of the educational program. Maroochydore Freemasons Lodge representative Mike Aldrich explained how the Lodge came to […]

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