Freemasons David Howarth (Bayside), Justin Liddy (Stanthorpe), Steven Cook (Bayside), Stephen Lewis (Myora) and Ken Corley (Thespian) gather to pick up water they then donated.
Freemasons David Howarth (Bayside), Justin Liddy (Stanthorpe), Steven Cook (Bayside), Stephen Lewis (Myora) and Ken Corley (Thespian) gather to pick up water they then donated.

‘The Freemasons way’: Lodges organise more relief support

WITNESSING the desperation of residents across the Granite Belt first-hand, a contingent from various Freemasons clubs in Brisbane are planning a return visit.

Members of the Myora, Thespian and Bayside lodges travelled to town recently, where they linked up with Aldi to purchase water for donations.

The group were able to donate roughly 2000 litres to Granite Belt Drought Assist.

Stanthorpe Lodge secretary Justin Liddy praised them for their thoughtfulness.

“They were pretty impressed with what Drought Assist were doing and said to them when here, ‘what more do you need?’.

“We didn’t hear anymore after that and then they rang back last week and told me they’re coming back,” Mr Liddy said.

This time, the group intend to bring food and perishable items, just in time for Christmas.

“They rang me and said that so far they’ve gathered up a heap of groceries and more water and about a $1000 in cash.

“They’ve got more coming in from other sources too.

“I think that’s pretty good for a bunch of retired Freemasons.”

Not just that, but a bunch of Freemasons who surrendered their warrant and closed down their lodge last week.

“Not enough members I believe. But of course they’ve all joined other lodges.

“I don’t think there will be as many coming this time as last but probably 10 or so members.

“They saw how desperate things were here and went home and thought what else could we do and did something about it.

“This is the Freemasons way of helping,” Mr Liddy said.

The group are due to link up with Granite Belt Drought Assist again on December 21.