Men on the Sunshine Coast are encouraged to prioritise their health in order to lead better lives, with the local Freemasons to host the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical wellbeing.

On 21 March, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP and Bloomhill Cancer Care, will run an information session in Buderim as part of the Men’s Health Matters awareness campaign.

The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Men’s Health Matters was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.

“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP and Bloomhill Cancer Care to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.

The free public information session will be delivered by healthcare providers and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.

In co-hosting this important event Bloomhill CEO Chris Franck will also introduce local speakers on topics such as prevention, visiting the GP, emotional health and diet. Students from the University of the Sunshine Coast will be on hand to conduct diabetes and blood pressure checks.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.
“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.

“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”

Bloomhill Cancer Care is proud to co-host this event and help highlight issues regarding men’s Health.

CEO Chris Franck said, “Men who are cancer sufferers themselves, are carers for those with cancer and bereaved are already a focus at Bloomhill. We are happy to be able to further highlight men’s health issues by partnering with Hand Heart Pocket and CheckUP.”

Maroochydore Freemason Mike Aldrich said the one-off session is not to be missed.

“Small changes to our routine can sometimes make an immense difference to our health, so we urge those on the Sunshine Coast to join us at this free event,” Mr Aldrich said.

The Sunshine Coast Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 10am on Saturday, 21 March 2020 at Bloomhill Cancer Care on Ballinger Road. The session will be followed by a BBQ lunch. To register for the event go to

For more information about Hand Heart Pocket please visit To find out more about CheckUP go to or for more about Bloomhill Cancer Care go to

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