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Toy donation sparks joy

YOUNG Tasmanian children affected by trauma received a special Christmas surprise last month thanks to a donation of more than 100 toys by the Lindisfarne Masonic Lodge.

Collected with the assistance of lodge members and friends, the large donation was officially handed over to Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) chief executive officer Jill Maxwell and Hobart Women’s Shelter chief executive officer Janet Saunders in early December.

The donation was on display at SASS and the Hobart Women’s Shelter, where children could view the collection and select a toy to take home just in time for Christmas.

Worshipful Master of the Lodge Lindisfarne Michael Roach said the decision in 2019 was to try and give to those less fortunate in the community.

“We wanted to raise awareness as to what Masons do in supporting those in need in the community and how Masons work to support other organisations,” he said.

Ms Saunders thanked the Lindisfarne Masonic Lodge for its generous support to the Hobart Women’s Shelter.

“At this time of year, we particularly value the support we receive from donors such as the Lodge as we can inject some Christmas joy and excitement into the lives of the women and children staying at the shelter,” she said.

“The Hobart Women’s Shelter is funded to provide crisis accommodation to women and children who are homeless and/or escaping all forms of violence.

“Donations like this help us to make a difference to the lives of many women and children in Tasmania.”

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 of all ages (18 years and older) to join Freemasonry.

Any interested person is asked to send their name and contact details to lindisfarnelodge@outlook.com.

Caption: From left, past Master of the Lodge Lindisfarne John Gilbert, Hobart Women’s Shelter chief executive officer Janet Saunders, Sexual Assault Support Services chief executive officer Jill Maxwell and Worshipful Master of the Lodge Lindisfarne Michael Roach.