FREEMASONRY & CHARITY
Freemasons are encouraged to give freely to those in need by financial assistance, moral support or manpower, without detriment to themselves or their families.
Freemasonry generally collects money for charity from within its organisation and its members, and from functions and events promoted within the membership. Individual Lodges also raise funds which are usually distributed to local good causes of their own choice.
Western Division Freemasons are very much part of the local community where we provide considerable charitable support. In 2017 the Western Division raised more than R1 million for our non-masonic charities.
MAD HATTERS CHARITY AUCTION RAISES R200 000
The Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) in partnership with Freemasons of the Western Division auctioned many fabulous items donated by generous firms and supporters. Dubbed the Mad Hatters Charity Auction, an evening of fun, food, music and crazy hats was enjoyed by the bidders and guests.
The proceeds will go to the CTSB and to the Breede River Hospice, Little Angels Children’s Haven and the Maitland Cottage Children’s Hospital.
MOWBRAY LODGE HALLOWEEN FOR CHARITY
A fun-filled evening with prizes for the best costumes, games and dancing was staged by Mowbray Lodge at the Masonic Centre Pinelands.
The proceeds of the successful evening will go to charity
METROPOLITAN LODGE CHARITY RACE DAY
Freemasons of Metropolitan Lodge once again held a hugely successful charity horse racing day at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town. More news to follow about the amount raised for charity …
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DE LA BAT SCHOOL for the DEAF
After a fire destroyed the Boetman Hostel at the De La Bat School for the Deaf in May 2018, Freemasons of Worcester Lodge responded by raising R10 000 to replace a number of items of property lost in the fire.
The Principal Mr Philip Cook (left) with the hostel mother Mrs Johanna van der Westhuizen and children of Boetman Hostel flanked by Freemasons of Worcester Lodge.
FUEGO VOLCANO ERUPTION IN GUATEMALA
Our Masonic Charity Foundation in London has donated £25,000 (R450 000) to help support 30,000 people whose lives have been devastated by the June 2018 eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala.
MAITLAND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Freemasons in Cape Town gave of their free time during the Christmas 2017 period to redecorate the boy’s ward at the Maitland Children’s Cottage hospital in Newlands. The walls, floor, ceiling was scrubbed, window sills cleaned, repainted and new curtains fitted. Voluntary support of the hospital continues.
Bob Burnside of Travellers Lodge in action refurbishing the Boy’s Ward at Maitland Children’s Hospital.
When devastating fires swept through Knysna in June 2017, the District Grand Master Jim Duggan quickly called on Lodges in the Western Division and Sister Constitutions for help. In just three weeks, R180 000 was raised for the Knysna Fire Relief Fund.
Devastating fires in Knysna, 2017.
METROPOLITAN LODGE RACE DAY 25 August 2018
Metropolitan Lodge will this year once again be organising a Race Day for charity at Kenilworth Turf Club in Cape Town on Saturday 25 August 2018 starting at 12:00pm. The Lodge members are already in full swing in securing sponsors for the individual races. This fun-filled afternoon includes a lunch, an auction of prizes and of course for those with the appetite to bet on horses a tote service in the lounge.
At last year’s Race Day, Metropolitan Lodge raised R108 000 for charity. The event is open to all, including families and children.
People enjoying the Race Day.
Freemasons again supported the annual ONE to ONE community initiative on Sunday 19 August 2018, a fair arranged exclusively for the intellectually disabled where volunteers become a “friend” to the disabled guest and sharing the enjoyment and excitement on a one-to-one basis.
The Freemasons rocking horse was again very popular as was fishing with magnets.
PHOENIX LODGE HELPS A HOSPICE AND EMERGENCY CALL CENTRE
Andrew Hall, the Worshipful Master of Phoenix Lodge, presented donations on behalf of the Lodge to the Emergency Call Centre and the False Bay Hospice.
Footnote: Sadly, Andrew Hall passed away suddenly in December 2018, he will be missed.
Andrew and Bianca Bressier, Chairperson Emergency Call Centre
Andrew (left) and Charles Ryan, Chairman False Bay Hospice
CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR 2018
50 Freeemasons with friends and families gathered before 4 am on Sunday 11 March 2018 to act as marshalls in this the largest timed cycle race in the world. “We had to make sure the cyclists and their cycles conformed with regulations,” said Ernest Malherbe, “and we raised R39 000 for charity”
Freemasons with friends and family gather before dawn to assist with the Argus Cycle Tour in 2018.
CAPE TOWN SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND
In 2017 Freemasons of the Western Division raised one million Rand for the Cape Town Society for the Blind and additional money was raised for other deserving causes across our District.
Jim Duggan (the then District Grand Master) hands over the keys for the first of two vehicles donated by Freemasons to Elize Marais of the Cape Town Society for the Blind.
Dirk Fyfe, a member of Rondebosch Lodge, rode his bike through the night, across the desert and beyond the spectacular dawn to raise R70 000 for charity as part of the Tercentenary Charity Appeal. The 369km single-stage race started at 3:00pm in Windhoek and Dirk arrived at the finish line in Swakopmund just before 1:00pm the next day.
“I chose this race as a charity event because it is extremely tough,” said Dirk, “with a very high dropout rate for the solo riders – a factor of fatigue caused by heat and distance, and simple body mechanical failure. Being committed to a charity for definitely assisted me to get through some dark and extremely tough moments during the ride.”
Dirk Fyfe (in front) preparing for the Desert Dash where he raised R70 000 for charity.
MASONIC BENEVOLENT and EDUCATION FUNDS
Our District Grand Lodge Benevolent Fund is financed from the generosity of Freemasons and their families. In times of real need help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support to those in need takes the form of monetory grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.
Western Division supports the inter-constitutional Masonic Education Fund, which is available in times of need to assist dependents of Freemasons in full-time education.