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26 February, 2021

Barrine Lodge keeps community connected.

Tablelands Freemasons are helping Tablelanders keep connected with a $5000 donation which will be made available to community members through phone cards that can be used to purchase mobiles and phone plans.

By Phil Brandel

(L-R) Better Together volunteers Clark van Lunteren and John Holly are excited to be helping Tablelanders keep connected, with Freemasons Terry Edwards and Vince Mantio.

Barrine Lodge keeps community connected.

Tablelands Freemasons are helping Tablelanders keep connected with a $5000 donation which will be made available to community members through phone cards which can be used to purchase mobiles and phone plans.

The donation, which was made to Better Together Community Support will ensure that the funds are distributed to those most in need. 

Terry Edwards, secretary of the Barrine Lodge, said the donation was the result of a successful application to Freemasons Queensland’s Hand, Heart and Pocket fund.

“In today’s connected world, you would be in real trouble if you didn’t have a phone to connect you with medical services, essential services and urgent care,” Mr Edwards said.

“If you do not have a mobile, you also can’t reach out to friends and family, who are vital sources of support if you are in distress or in trouble.

“That’s why we believe that the phone cards would be helpful to community members.

“We say, ‘Stay safe, stay in touch with friends and family’.”

Community Development Coordinator Tracey Dickinson said she is excited to be able to help more people at Better Together.

“This very generous donation will mean that we will be able to help out even more Tablelanders,” she said.

“The phone cards could really help people on a practical level by ensuring that they are safe and connected.

“We know there is a real need out there in the community, as we are still seeing the after-effects of Covid-19.

“If you know someone who is doing it tough out there, please ask them to pop into Better Together. We can help you in the short-term with these cards and also introduce you to a whole range of services that could improve lives in the long-term.”

Better Together’s community hub is at 38 Mabel St, Atherton and is open Monday to Wednesday, from 9am to 1pm.


 

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