The Sesquicentenary charity appeal announced by the Grand Master at October’s meeting of Grand Council is active and will run until the end of 2024. The target is to raise £150,000 for redistribution to charities suggested by the membership. A Relief Chest has been set up with the number ‘RSM150’. Donations can be made in many ways and these are set out in the comprehensive guide below:
Individual donations of £50 or £150 which can be made cumulatively, will qualify the donor to Patron or Grand Patron status respectively. All donations will be collated centrally with their respective donor, whether made directly to the scheme or through their Council’s alms collections.
To reach the overall target, each District will need to contribute an average of £6,000, which in our case equates to about £600 per Council. Please support the enterprise as best you can and ensure the success of this one-off appeal.
Foreword by M. Ill. Companion Kessick J. Jones, Grand Master.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill.
Companions, we are now a month into our 150th Anniversary Appeal, which was launched at our Sesquicentenary Meeting in October. Since then, your generosity has been inspirational with many Councils, together with individual Companions seeking to donate to the Appeal.
In order to answer your enquiries and to provide you with the easy means of donating, this comprehensive guide handbook has been produced. I would like to thank the staff at the Masonic Charitable Foundation, who will be administering your donations and especially the Appeal Chairman, R Ill Companion James Newman, who is spearheading this Appeal. They, together with the support of the Grand Recorder and his staff at Mark Masons’ Hall, will ensure a successful conclusion.
My wish is that you relish the fundraising events, which are scheduled in your Districts, please attend them and enjoy the companionship that this shared endeavour will bring. Thank you, Companions, for striving to ensure we reach our goal. There will also soon be a need for you to give some thought to which local charity might benefit from a sesquicentenary grant.
If after reading this guide, questions still remain, please talk with your District Grand Master, who will happily fill in any gaps.
I am proud of you all and offer my warmest thanks to each and every one of you for supporting this unique appeal. I am, of course, also indebted to the Grand PCW, whose original initiative it was and look forward to receiving news of your fund raising triumphs.
M Ill Comp. Kessick J. Jones