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Toy donation brings joy

LIFE is set to be a little brighter for young Tasmanian children affected by trauma thanks to a donation of more than 100 toys by the Masonic Lodge Lindisfarne.

Collected with the assistance of lodge members and friends, the large donation was officially handed over to Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) in late November.

The donation will be on display at SASS, where children can view the collection and select a toy to take home just in time for Christmas.

Master of the Lodge John Gilbert said this year the Lodge had decided to focus on giving to children in need.

“We also wanted to raise community awareness about what SASS does, as well as how the Masons work to support such organisations,” he said.

“In addition to this toy donation, we will also be running a raffle, with all proceeds to be given to the Ronald McDonald House.”

SASS chief executive officer Jill Maxwell said over the 2016/17 year, the organisation had received 965 referrals to the service, 296 or which were children.

“Families affected by trauma, including the children, receive counselling and support from our very experienced team of counsellors,” she said.

“The toys donated by the Lindisfarne Masonic Lodge have been gratefully received and each toy will be on display in an area of our building for any child accessing the service to choose and take home.”

Freemasons are a collective of honourable men whose principle goal is to support each other, their families and the communities in which they engage.

Mr Gilbert said the Lodge was always looking for good men interested in becoming involved in Freemasonry.

For more information, phone the Grand Lodge of Tasmania on 6223 5814.

Caption: From left, Peter Butterfield (Lodge Lindisfarne member), Tess Tilbury (SASS), Jill Maxwell (SASS chief executive officer), John Gilbert (Master Lodge Lindisfarne) and Adrian Loring (Lodge Lindisfarne member).