Community Donations Help Kids in Need

A Thank you Morning Tea recently held by local charity group Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc., brought together volunteers and local groups to acknowledge their support in helping children in need.

The event was held at The Christian Church in Carina, where volunteers and supporters were praised for their generous donations, all helping to provide comprehensive and free Care kits containing clothing, educational needs, toys, books, blankets and toiletries to children who need it, all year round across Queensland.

Myhorizon were just one of the many donors over the past year, contributing much needed packing space within their Wynnum Lifestyle Centre for the kits. Myhorizon’s participants were also eager to lend a hand, helping to collate and pack over 3000 kits in the past 16 months.

“We know first-hand the positive impact donations and local support has to a community project, and so we were delighted to be able to contribute to such an important cause. Having our participants also help out, gave them a new sense of purpose and confidence in their capabilities.” Said Rod Kennedy, Myhorizon’s Lifestyle Executive Manager.

One of the founding volunteers and President of Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc., Christine Rafter, is grateful to all the volunteers and donors who continue to support their endeavour.

“Throughout Covid-19 we have continued to provide our Care Kits, and this is only possible with our wonderful team, especially our volunteers who sort and pack the kits every week. We were able to pack and distribute 3,400 Care Kits, quilts, or special orders from Myhorizon’s Wynnum premises, offering practical needs, hope and love from our community to children in crisis or care. Thank you to Myhorizon for your support.” Said Christine.

To find out how you can donate to Care Kits for Kids Qld, go to


(Photo 1 – L to R: Rod Kennedy – Myhorizon Lifestyle Executive Manager; Christine Rafter – President Care Kits for Kids Qld; Di Farmer – Minister for Employment and Small Business of Queensland at the Thank you Morning Tea.

Photo 2 – Community Donations included in the Care Kits for Kids)

Almost $3000 Raised to Fight Animal Cruelty

Did you know that 30,000 dogs end up at an RSPCA shelter every year? That’s 82 dogs every single day. Many of these precious pups are victims of cruelty, bred to turn a profit, or abandoned by humans they loved unconditionally.

To help fight against this animal cruelty, Jean Jensen and Anne Blakeway, from Myhorizon’s Employment & Training team, recently took part in RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk, reaching their goals and walking over 40 hours combined with their pooches, Molly and Rosie.

With help from Myhorizon staff, they raised $2808 for this important cause. “We wanted to raise funds to support the RSPCA and ensure these dogs get the love and care they desperately need”. Said Jean.

“A big thank you to those who have donated and supported our efforts. Next year we plan to do a Team Event and raise even more money for such a great cause.”

Joe Gamblin, Myhorizon CEO, said he was immensely proud of the contribution staff have been able to make to this worthy cause. “Every year many Myhorizon staff participate, as well as a number of other community organisations, all raising valuable funds and volunteering their services without thanks or payment. Well done to all”.

Myhorizon gifted $4000 from local Freemasons

A generous donation of $4000 was recently gifted to Myhorizon from local Freemasons Redlands Lodge 252 and their charitable arm, Hand Heart Pocket.

Photo Left to Right: WD Ken Rose – Secretary Redlands Lodge 252; Tim Walton – Social Enterprises Manager; Bush Pantry Café staff members Thomas Gregory and Michelle Menzel; and WD Russell Tedds – Chaplain Redlands Lodge 252

The funds were used to purchase a much needed commercial microwave oven for The Bush Pantry Café, Myhorizon’s award-winning Social Enterprise on Runnymede Rd, Capalaba, which employs many individuals with disability.

“Having reliable commercial grade equipment means that we can continue to provide high quality food and service that our customers know us for, so we are very grateful to the Freemason Redlands Lodge for this generous gift.” Said Tim Walton, Social Enterprises Manager at Myhorizon.

“The continued success of our Cafe means that individuals with disability continue to have meaningful employment, empowering them to gain a variety of news skills and experience, both in the Café, Myhorizon Event Centre and commercial kitchen, and so community donations are therefore always very appreciated.” Said Tim.

The donation from Freemasons Redlands Lodge 252 and Hand Heart Pocket was also used to purchase much needed new wardrobes for Myhorizon’s Accommodation service, where several of the Bush Pantry staff reside nearby in Capalaba.

Many local charities and schools have benefited over the years from the benevolence of Redlands Lodge, and as an independent charity founded by the Freemasons of Queensland, Hand Heart Pocket also collaborate with Masonic Lodges all across Queensland, helping in areas of statewide and local need that have limited access to other funding.

For more information about Hand Heart Pocket, visit or for more about the Freemasons in Queensland, go to

Visit The Bush Pantry Café at Myhorizon, 1-15A Runnymede Rd, Capalaba – Monday to Friday, 8am-2pm.