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Freemasons’ COVID-19 Grant Assists Re-Opening

Highfields Pioneer Village is another step closer to fully re-opening thanks to a $10,000  COVID-19 Emergency Community Grant from Hand Heart Pocket,  the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

The community hub for education, recreation and connections will put the funds towards making  the necessary safety modifications needed to comply with COVID-19 health requirements.

Highfields Pioneer Village President Mervyn Polzin said the not-for-profit was thankful for the grant,  saying that it was a huge help.  “Our aim is to make the village safe for everybody as we learn to operate in this new environment,”  Mervyn said.

“This includes taking extra steps to make it safer for our more vulnerable visitors with disabilities as well as our older volunteers. “We’re hopeful that we will be able to fully reopen the Village in September.”

Crow’s Nest Cooyar Freemasons Lodge representative Ian Hotchin said they nominated the local organisation for the funding. “Highfields Pioneer Village has brought local history to life for many years, and it is important that we get behind them in times like these,” Ian said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the charity was focused on assisting its existing charity partners and working with Freemason Lodges to increase support at a grassroots level during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“So far, Hand Heart Pocket has provided over $750,000 in COVID-19 emergency support and Grassroots Community Grants to charities across Queensland during the pandemic,” Gary said. “We are glad Freemasons could provide this hand up at a time when communities need extra
support.”

For more information about Hand Heart Pocket visit www.handheartpocket.org.au or for more about Highfields Pioneer Village go to www.highfieldspioneervillage.com.au/.  For more about Crow’s Nest Cooyar Lodge find them on Facebook

About Hand Heart Pocket
Hand Heart Pocket partners with other charities and philanthropists to help improve outcomes,  particularly for youth at risk. We also support initiatives that help an ageing population, improve  men’s mental and physical health or improve women’s financial and physical security. At a  grassroots level, we work with Freemason Lodges to identify and support hundreds of local
community initiatives each year.

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Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland

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