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.
METROPOLITAN LODGE – CHARITY RACE DAY
Kenilworth Turf Club (Cape Town) was the venue for the Metropolitan Lodge Race Day.
The principal beneficiary is the Ukama Community Foundation, where donations go directly to underprivileged children feeding schemes, early learning intervention and community groups.
WORLD’S LARGEST TIMES CYCLE RACE – MASONS RAISE R40 000 FOR CHARITY
Western Division Freemasons raised R40 000 for CHARITY by assisting at the Cape Town Cycle Tour. More than 30 000 cyclists competed in the gruelling 108km race. Masons were up at 3am to assist checking in the riders.
COLUMBINE LODGE RAISES R44 000 FOR NSRI
The Freemasons of Columbine Lodge donated R44 142 to the National Sea Rescue Institute, the proceeds from the Columbine Lodge Charity Golf Day. The Commander of the West Coast NSRI, Casper Frylinck, received the cheque from the Worshipful Master of Columbine Lodge, Alvin Woolf.
FIRE RELIEF FOR CAMPHILL FARM COMMUNITY AT HERMANUS
Freemasons of Hermanus Lodge and the District Grand Lodge raised R20 000 for rebuilding the structures for the herb and poultry gardens after a devastating fire swept through Camphill Farm in Hermanus.
Camphill is a Community for adults with learning difficulties.
Sam Hodson, the Executive Manager at Camphill, expressed the deepest thanks of the Community for the donation.
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.
ONE to ONE IN CAPE TOWN
Freemasons in Cape Town supported the annual ONE to ONE community initiative on Sunday 18 August 2019, 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 rocking horse was again a huge favourite.
TEDDY BEARS FOR RAY OF SUNSHINE HOUSE
Presentation of Teddy Bears to the children of Ray of Sunshine House, Dassenberg, Atlantis by the Freemasons of the Western Cape as part of the national initiative.
On behalf of the Freemasons, Nick Briatore handed over the Bears to Merle Ray of Ray of Sunshine House.
LITTLE ANGELS CHILDREN’S HAVEN RECEIVED R28 000
from DISTRICT GRAND LODGE
Lord Roberts Lodge in Somerset West, on behalf of District, presented R28 000 to Little Angels from funds raised at the Mad Hatters Charity Auction.
Pictured: Lily Breuing Ellis, Chair (centre) and Tanya de Jager, House Manager with Nick Briatore, the Charity Steward of Lord Roberts Lodge.
KING GEORGE V LODGE (VICTORIA WEST)
RAISED R15 000 for CHARITY
A well turned out Veteran Motor Show was held recently in Victoria West. Masons of the King George V Lodge raised R15 000 for the local old age home. The donations was much appreciated by the staff running the home.
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.
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.
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.