The personal experience of a fellow Freemason has inspired Landsborough Masonic Lodge to donate $1000 in support of the Nambour General Hospital’s Dialysis Training Unit.
The donation which included a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland has gone towards the purchase of two handheld tablets which the nurses at the Dialysis Training Unit will use, to teach kidney patients, how to operate the in-home dialysis equipment before they return home.
Lodge Secretary, Rick Joyce, said that the new devices will enable the use of a range of visuals, to simplify the learning process, at a time when patients already have a lot of information to take in.
“Landsborough Lodge takes great pride in making a difference in our community, but it wasn’t until one of our own members needed dialysis treatment, that we came to know more about this valuable service, helping patients to adjust to their new lifestyle,” Rick said.
“Having to go in and out of hospital or to an outpatient clinic to receive treatment can be very taxing. Equipping those that are deemed suitable candidates for in-home dialysis, with the right skills to administer their own treatment, will mean they will only have to travel for check-ups. This is sure to bring some normality back into their lives,” he said.
“For us, this is our way of saying thank you for all that the Hospital staff have done for Des. We hope our donation makes a difference for them and the patients they care for,” Rick said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, commended Landsborough Lodge for putting into practice what Freemasonry is all about.
“Hand Heart Pocket was very pleased to support Landsborough Lodge with this initiative that will improve the delivery of care for kidney patients from the Sunshine Coast hinterland,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket is the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and provides sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes by giving a hand up not a hand out to communities, to other charities and to individuals. It works with its network of Masonic Lodges to identify grassroots needs in local communities around Queensland.
For more information or to donate visit www.handheartpocket.org.au or phone 1300 053 396.