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Bundaberg district Masonic Lodge members have not only helped a fellow seriously ill member with the purchase of a piece of medical equipment – but also help local patients.
Cedric Bartlett, a Masonic Lodge member for 46 years, has terminal lung cancer and needed an oxygen concentrator to continue his very active attendance at Lodge meetings.
His fellow Freemasons, who are known worldwide for their generosity and moral upstanding, came to his aid. However, they also wanted to ensure that the equipment would help others in the future, and be able to be used by patients accessing services at Bundaberg Hospital.
The concentrator was bought for the Foundation, with Cedric being the first person to benefit from the purchase.
Secretary of the Bundaberg Lodge 472 Bevan Brennan said a number of lodges had donated funds which was matched $1 for $1 by the United Grand Lodge of Queensland’s Masonic Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons, Widows and Orphans Fund to cover the cost of the $4700 concentrator.
The Lodges included Bundaberg 472 (Cedric’s Mother Lodge), Tyrian 27, Mulgrave 44, Athole 53, Isis 93, Ballantyne 130, Biggenden 136, Lee Bryce 142, Sir Augustus 154 and Continuity 242. Mr Bartlett is a member or affiliate member of four of those Lodges.
“Cedric is a well-respected brother of our organisation and the heavy concentrator he was using was restricting his ability to remain an active member of not only the Lodge but also life in general,’’ Mr Brennan said.
“This portable oxygen concentrator makes life a lot easier for Cedric and we wanted to help our brother during this difficult time,’’ Mr Brennan said.
And given the Freemasons are very generous in their donations and support of their local community Mr Brennan said that all the Lodges had been only too willing to contribute to the purchase the equipment for the hospital so it would help other people in their time of need.
Foundation chairman Janet Tallon said this self-less act by the Freemasons to help a fellow member was indicative of what their group and members stood for.
“Their central preoccupation remains charitable work within their local or wider communities and their fraternal friendship which is evident in this gesture to not only Mr Bartlett but also for our patients in the future,’’ she said.
One of the missions of the Foundation is to help provide medical equipment (non-Government funded) to Bundaberg Hospital.
For more information on donating to the Foundation please phone 4150 2863. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.