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Patients will be the big winners following a donation by a Masonic Lodge to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.
Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the Tyrian Masonic Lodge donated $3400 to buy equipment and materials for the Wide Bay Community Care Unit (CCU) which is a mental health recovery based program within the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service in Bundaberg.
Ms Burnet said that Masonic Lodge members in the region had been very generous donors to the Foundation and including this donation they have given $32,900 to assist in the support of patient services at Bundaberg Hospital during the past six years.
CCU’s Team Leader Catherine Dingsdag said many of the unit’s clients had extremely low self-esteem, limited living skills due to the effects of their illness and some never had role models or parents to tech them life skills, basic craft or practical skills.
“As a result they have not learned a number of what would be considered foundational skills of life,’’ Ms Dingsdag said.
“Our aim is to incorporate a range of activities that will develop self confidence, teach a range of practical skills and more importantly assist with a recovery-based program that will prepare them for independent living and the potential to gain new skills that may lead to employment opportunities.
Ms Burnet said that thanks to the Tyrian Masonic Lodge donation a range of non-government funded equipment was purchased including arts, craft, woodworking, mechanics and recreational materials.