A recent application from the Student Volunteer Army was approved for the Primary School program. The grant will assist with high vis vests for Canterbury school children. The aim of the Primary School Program is to enable students, with the help of their teachers, to identify a need in their community and come up with a way to meet this need.
The purpose of the Program is to ensure the volunteering spirit is part of the student’s identity. The students then use the kit to run their own volunteer event. This may be a one day event, or could be an ongoing project.
Another excellent example of the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust working with the local community.
The Trustees are pleased to announce the Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday the 25th of August at the Bevan Lecture Theatre, seventh floor, Otago University (Christchurch Medical School), 2 Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch. Our special guest speak is Dr Moritz Lasse, who was awarded the prestigious Freemasons Carrell-Espiner Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is named after two of the universities preeminent and internationally renowned scientists, Professors Robin Carrell and Eric Espiner.
It is jointly funded by the the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust, with assistance from The Freemasons Charity, and the Christchurch Heart Institute. Dr Lasses interests lie in the discovery of biomarkers (hormones) for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. In his new role he will be working alongside Dr Anna Pilbrow and Prof Vicky Cameron to identify proteins in the blood that may help predict whether someone is at risk of having a heart attack in the near future. The samples used in the study came from Canterbury volunteers, who generously provided a blood sample and information on their medical history to help research into heart disease. More information is available here: http://www.themasons.org.nz/sdiv/carrelespiner.html
We look forward to hosting Brethren and partners at this years AGM.
Chair, Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust