Over the years, the Queensland Freemasons have supported community and not-for-profit organisations through specific fund raising projects.
To help alleviate an acute shortage of accommodation for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients being treated in North Queensland, the Queensland Freemasons formed a partnership with the Leukaemia Foundation in 2000 , when they successfully raised an outstanding $1.5 million - $1.2 million of which was used to help construct the Foundation’s patient accommodation centre in Townsville, Queensland Freemasons Village, (completed in 2002).
In a show of continuing support to the Foundation, Freemasons Queensland agreed to allocate the extra $300,000 raised from the Townsville campaign towards the newly planned Clem Jones-Sunland Leukaemia Foundation Village and in 2004 agreed to continue their partnership by committing to raise a further $700,000 (contributing a total of $1million to this new project).
The $8.5 million, purpose-designed facility was built in response to the urgent demand for accommodation from rural and regional families who need to move to Brisbane for potentially life-saving treatment .
The Clem Jones – Sunland Leukaemia Foundation Village was officially opened in October 2007. The Queensland Freemasons have the naming rights to the main administration and patient support building, a two-bedroom accommodation unit and a 10-seater bus to help patients get to and from Clem Jones – Sunland Leukaemia Foundation Village to treating centres in Brisbane.
Members of the 300 individual Freemason lodges around Queensland have participated in fundraising activities to help raise the funds for this new facility and raised an astonishing $1,048,000 towards this latter campaign.
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