One of the most important foundations on which Freemasonry is built is Charity……
Each lodge appoints a Charity Steward, who brings to the attention of members, suitable charitable causes, and appeals to which its’ members may give support. Fundraising for both Masonic and Non-Masonic charitable causes are a feature of every lodge, and donations are regularly made to support Local, National and International calls for charitable support.
Charity Stewards raise and collect money from members of the lodge, and disburse them as and when required. Often members of the lodge will give of their time and efforts to support charitable activities too.
Each member of the lodge is encouraged to support charity, within his means, by making regular donations at meetings, and often enlist the help of wives and partners in their endeavours at social functions and events.
There are many instances of donations being made to local, national and international causes. Whilst these are often made without publicity, two important organisations which frequently benefit from Masonic charitable support, are the Air Ambulances and Hospice movement, particularly the Acorns Childrens and adult facilities throughout our Province.
Sacks of Teddy Bears are delivered to Hospitals and Children’s Wards throughout the Country, which are donated to young patients, bringing special comfort to youngsters at a particularly frightening and upsetting time.
The Warwick Sea Scout Appeal, for help to construct new premises in St Nicholas Park, Warwick, was met with a tremendous effort by lodges meeting in Warwick, supported by Warwickshire Provincial Grand Lodge, and the Masonic Charitable Foundation, to a value of £10,000.00.
Freemasons are also encouraged to provide support to the needs of fellow masons and their dependents, with grants to alleviate financial hardship, health issues, together with family support for education and scholarships, supporting exceptional talent in sport, music, or the performing arts.
Freemasons also give support at both National and International level, food banks for instance and the £300,000.00 raised in memory of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to support his D of E awards scheme for developing young people. Internationally the Turkey and Syria Earthquake appeal and in support of Ukraine over £500,000.00 worth of help and support has been given.
At local level funds are raised for many worthy local causes, Little Molly Olly’s Wishes, the ICU department at Warwick hospital to name but two and we also support the Community Fund organised at Alderson House, our meeting place, which this year will be supporting the Evelyn’s Gift charity.