FREEMASONS COMMUNITY GRANT: Marian Polzin, President Gayndah Hospital Auxiliary and Gayndah Freemasons Lodge representative Bill Turner with hospital staff in attendance. Picture: Contributed
FREEMASONS COMMUNITY GRANT: Marian Polzin, President Gayndah Hospital Auxiliary and Gayndah Freemasons Lodge representative Bill Turner with hospital staff in attendance. Picture: Contributed

Huge grant for Gayndah patients to keep loved ones close by

BOTH the sick and elderly in Gayndah will be able to stay in touch with their loved ones thanks to an enormous grant from the Queensland Freemason’s charity, Hand Heart Pocket.

Gayndah hospital and Gunther Village retirement home were jointly awarded the $9,610 grant after they were chosen by the Gayndah Freemasons.

Patients at the 10 bed hospital will have the option of having a loved one stay with them in an adjacent room, with the arrival of a a new $3,399 leather sofa bed.

Aged care residents at Gunther Village will then stay in contact with friends and family using iPad technology, after the 52-bed facility was able to purchase eight new tablets and six stands with $6,211.

Gayndah Freemasons Lodge representative Bill Turner said they were proud to accelerate the two initiatives which were about improving people’s mental health and wellbeing when they’re in a vulnerable state.

“Whether it’s an elderly patient or young child that has fallen ill, a relative or parent will be able to stay onsite at the local hospital which is a good thing,” he said.

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“As for the residents at Gunther Village, it has been especially difficult for them to interact with friends and family over the past few months due to COVID-19, and this is likely to be the case for some time yet, so this technology will enable them to maintain these connections.”

Hand Heart Pocket CEO Gary Mark said the Freemason charity was pleased to provide this extra assistance.

“We are appreciative of the Gayndah Freemasons for identifying these needs in their community and nominating the two organisations for the grant,” he said.

“This year we received a greater number of applications with a large geographical spread, particularly in regional Queensland.

“Fifteen charities shared in almost $120,000 as part this year’s Community Grants round.”

The grant was announced amid the Freemason charity providing over $750,000 in emergency support and Grassroots Community Grants in the wake of COVID-19.


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