The three Great Principles by which Freemasons stand are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. By these Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and good works as individuals. Charitable giving – through lodge Charity Stewards, providing Care and Assistance via the lodge Almoner.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today with Masonic charity exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations:
The Grand Charity – grants for Disaster Relief, Medical Research, Vulnerable People, Youth Opportunities, Hospices, Air Ambulances
Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys – Relieving poverty and advancing education for children in need
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution – Caring for older Freemasons and their dependants
Masonic Samaritan Fund – supporting Freemasons and their dependants who have an identified medical need
The Millennium Lodge of Charity in East Kent No.9730 was established in 2000, to support Freemasonry increase charitable giving and extend the scope of relief.
The Lodge marked its 10th anniversary by supporting a number of charities at a special event at the Masonic Centre, Tovil, Maidstone.
To mark the milestone, Laura Chapman the Chief Executive of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity and The Provincial Grand Master of East Kent, Rightful Worshipful Brother Michael Bailey attended the event, and presented cheques totalling over £20,000 to Demelza House Children’s Hospice, Heart of Kent Hospice, Ellenor Lions Hospice, Pilgrims Hospice – Canterbury, Pilgrims Hospice - Thanet and Pilgrims Hospice – Ashford.
Michael Gee, Worshipful Master of the Millennium Lodge and Provincial Grand Almoner for the Province of East Kent, said:
"The Millennium Lodge of Charity in East Kent was established 10 years ago to further the aims of Freemasonry by making a significant difference to people in need, provide maximum impact by benefitting as many people as possible and support issues that individual Freemasons and their families are concerned about and will be glad to help.
The anniversary event recognised the efforts of our Charity Stewards and Lodge Almoners, who have been at the heart of ensuring so many worthy causes benefit from our work. However, to reach out still further, we want to support, develop and encourage the involvement of even more Almoners and Charity Stewards.
The Hospice donations reflected not only what has already been achieved, but also marked the good works Freemasons strive to do in their communities”.
To mark the event the Millennium Lodge produced a special booklet entitled 10th Anniversary History for all members and visitors attending the Anniversary celebrations.
Notes to editors:
Read 10th Anniversary History online at www.millenniumlodge.org.uk
Find out more about the Province of East Kent at www.eastkentfreemasons.org
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