Barb and Her Handmade Goodies

December 6, 2018| Our Community /

Barb Heskey formed the first Friends of Freemasons Auxiliary in 2013 to raise funds from the Freemasons hospital. Since then she has raised over $17,000 which has gone a long way to improve the maternity unit at Epworth Freemasons.

Barb raises this money by making woolen baby booties, hats, blankets, and toys to raise money for hospital equipment.

Terry, Barb’s husband is a Freemason at WM Traralgon Lodge. Due to the distance, Barb can’t attend the stalls in person so she is very happy to supply the items to sell and now we have overflowing tables with wonderful baby knits and handmade crafts. 

I’m passionate in supporting Epworth Freemasons and although it’s difficult for me to travel and attend the stalls I know my crafts will help raise funds for the hospital
— Barb Heskey, Founder of Friends of Freemasons Auxiliary

Ronda Jenkins and the Friends of Epworth team are committed volunteers who run the stalls at our Richmond, Freemasons and Eastern campuses each week.

Every year, Barb applies for an annual grant from the Freemasons Foundation to match her funding.

Barb Herskey at Epworth Freemasons

Barb Herskey at Epworth Freemasons

The funds Barb has raised have supported the upgrade of:

  • The Special Care Nursery upgrade
    To increase privacy at each isolette space

  • Mobile Bassinettes
    To promote bonding/parenting skills, and the safety of newborns
    These replaced the outdated bassinettes

Barb’s handmade goodies are available to buy at Epworth Freemasons’ maternity reception.



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