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Recent Charitable Work By Thistle Members


In the last five years, the members of Thistle Lodge raised or donated over $7,250 in funds and did work for various charities and the community, as follows:


  • Leukaemia Foundation, Queensland $2,645 *
  • Masonic Care Retirement Homes, Sandgate $2,300
  • High Technology Microscope for QMIR Cancer Research $880 **
  • Lions Medical Research Foundation $355
  • Victorian Bushfires Appeal $150
  • Hearing Impaired Kids Education (HIKE) $120 ***
  • Cairns Hospital $100
  • Queensland Blind Assoc $50
  • Blue Care $50
  • Cyclone Larry Appeal $50
  • Cancer Council Queensland $50
  • Flying Doctor Services $50
  • Salvation Army $50
  • Widows of Kedron Masons Assoc $50
  • Mercy Ships $40
  • Guide Dogs Queensland $20
  • Lifesavers Assoc $20
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation $20
  • Careflight Rescue $20
  • Diabetes Australia $10

* Part of a Queensland-wide fund raising effort by all the lodges in Queensland coordinated by the United Grand Lodge of Queensland (UGLQ), which resulted in $2.2 million for the Leukaemia Foundation Queensland over a five year period. In an earlier year UGLQ had donated $500,000 to set up a Chair of Geriatrics at the University of Queensland.

** Part of a Queensland-wide fund raising effort by lodges and coordinated by UGLQ, which resulted in $300,000 for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research over two years.

*** HIKE is the official charity of the Job’s Daughters Organisation (a masonic-affiliated body for girls).

Voluntary work

  • Together with the other lodges which meet at Kedron, initiated, organised and conducted two free half-day ‘Men’s Health Awareness’ seminars for the benefit of local communities, at which 300 and 160 members of the public attended to hear eight medical practitioners and collect brochures covering a range of topics.
  • Voluntary grounds maintenance one day per year at the Sandgate Masonic Care Homes.