Roy Fursman is a man always on the move. As President and founder of the Queensland Masonic Touring Club, 76 year old Roy and his wife Ann are constantly organising club events, fundraising for charity and setting off on adventures around Australia in their beloved RV.
Roy had the idea to start the club in 2000 some years after retiring from work as a Detective Sergeant with the Queensland Police on the Gold Coast. In 2003, Roy and Ann moved to Buderim and since then the club has grown significantly, participating in annual tours with the Combined Caravan Clubs of Queensland (CCCQ) and bi-annual meets with interstate Masonic Caravan Clubs.
The Touring Club is always welcome wherever they travel, providing a good boost to businesses in the small towns they visit. The club also organises monthly fundraising events whether it be a raffle or a sausage sizzle with all funds donated to a not-for-profit charity. Last year, Roy was pleased to hand over a $6,000 cheque to help Multiple Sclerosis sufferers. Over the years the club has raised money for 13 different charities including Cancer Research, the Lukemia Foundation, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Frontier Services raising in excess of $35,000.
In July 2011 Roy and the Club will host the meeting of the interstate Masonic Caravan Club in Lawnton (Brisbane) where up to 100 caravans will be in attendance. This time all proceeds will go to Youngcare, an organisation which provides care for young people in aged care and nursing homes.