DIANELLA hostel residents gathered around for a healthy morning tea with Anthony O’Dwyer and Laurie Stelfox from the Mitchell Masonic Lodge this week to acknowledge 10 years of generous donations to the hostel.

CEO of The Kilmore and District Hospital Sue Race said the donations assist residents to attend community events and outings throughout the year through the funding of transport which is important for residents’ social interaction.

“The money comes from the members of the Masonic Lodge. We raise the funds and whatever we come up with, the Grand Lodge matches it dollar for dollar,” Mr O’Dwyer said.

“A lot of the residents come from farms, so driving throughout the countryside makes their day and they have a smile on their face for a week.”

The Masonic Lodge is an all-male lodge that provides life lessons to men around the community.

“The Lodge is about Charity, it’s about making good men better men and it’s about education too,” Mr O’Dwyer added.