People with a disability in Bundaberg are enjoying a brighter, contemporary environment thanks to a generous donation of colourful tables and chairs by a local community group.
The Tyrian Masonic Lodge in Bundaberg recently gave 60 new colourful café and outdoor tables and chairs priced at more than $5,600, to Endeavour Foundation’s Learning and Lifestyle (L&L) hub, for use in the dining and activity rooms.
Local supplier Bundaberg Discount Furniture also offered a discount on the products.
“We are very grateful to have the support of such a wonderful organisation, and it’s humbling to know that they chose to support us, as I have been told that they receive many requests for support,” Endeavour Foundation’s Support and Operations Manager Evelyn Thompson said.
The Lodge’s members are among 9,000 freemasons in Queensland, whose members live by the principles of integrity, goodwill and charity.
The Tyrian Lodge in Bundaberg often holds various fundraisers throughout the year, so they can raise money for local charity groups.
“We raise a lot of our money from sausage sizzles during the year, and through our fundraising, we raised more than $2000 for the L&L. The Freemasons Queensland Board of Benevolence kindly agreed to subsidise the remainder,” Tyrian Masonic Lodge Secretary John Richardson said.
“We like helping charities, people with a disability and schools in our community.” The brightly coloured new furniture has already been put to good use at the L&L, where people who access support are using the chairs and tables to join others in playing bingo and games, as well as jewellery making.
“I like the new furniture as they are nice colours and I can sit with my friends and have lunch,” Katrina Erb, who regularly goes to the L&L, said.
Forty-five people currently access support at the L&L hub, where a person-centred support model enhances the independence, confidence, self-esteem, interaction skills and life choices of each person.
The new furniture was needed to replace old ones, and there was also an increasing need for more chairs and tables for the people to use at the L&L.
“The previous outdoor furniture was eight- seater tables, which did not allow for intimate conversations with friends, but our new four-seater tables can be joined together to make bigger tables if that is required.” Mrs Thompson said.
“We use the wooden tables outside under our pergola, and it’s a wonderful place to go and have lunch on glorious days. People also sit out there and work on literacy and numeracy skill development.”
The L&L will hold a special thank-you morning tea for The Lodge, today (Tuesday, August 11th).
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Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting more than 3,300 people with a disability from more than 230 locations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. These include accommodation, employment, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.