Freemasons extend helping hand to families touched by cancer

The generosity of Hastings Macleay Freemasons has again ensured a special Trust established to support the families of young cancer patients has the funds it needs for another 12 months.

The Hastings Macleay Freemasons Association has donated $5000 to the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute, and another $3000 has been gifted by the Freemasons’ charity, Masonicare.

This brings to $58,000 donated by the Freemasons to the cancer unit’s support service since 2012.

Nursing Unit Manager Jenny Baroutis said the Freemasons personified service to others.

“The Freemasons return to the cancer centre each year to ensure there is financial support for families of children with a cancer diagnosis,” Ms Baroutis said.

“These families have a lot on their mind during what can be a very difficult and stressful time. For those facing financial hardship as well, the support of the masons is a huge relief.

“We can’t thank the Freemasons of the Hastings and Macleay valleys enough for their ongoing generosity. It makes a world of difference to young cancer patients and their families.”

Hastings Macleay Freemasons Association spokesman Ray Posner thanked Masonicare and the Lodges involved – Lodge Star of Wauchope, Lachlan Macquarie, Port Macquarie Daylight, Laurieton, Loftus-Macleay and Trial Bay Daylight.

“Freemasonry is about supporting the local community, and this particular cause is very important to our communities,” Mr Posner said.

“To every Mason and their partners who spent countless hours printing and selling raffle tickets, and to every community member who bought a ticket, I say thank you. We couldn’t have done this without you.”

Mr Posner, a Freemason for 54 years, also thanked businesses who donated prizes, in particular long-time supporter Tony Green of The Good Guys Port Macquarie.