Proud Of Our Charitable Endeavours...
MAJOR PROJECTS FOR THE FREEMASONS CHARITY IN 2013
$2 MILLION TO THE FREEMASONS CHAIR OF NEUROSURGERY
This provided valuable seed funding to enable the beginning of an international search for a Chair of Neurosurgery. This will provide a valuable link between the research of the Brain Centre and the major Auckland hospitals where the surgery is performed.
OVER $250,000 INVESTED EACH YEAR IN THE FUTURE LEADERS OF NZ
We have awarded university scholarships to about 1000 students over the last 25 years. At least 6 of them this year have been awarded Rhodes scholarships. Freemasons in New Zealand have invested over $4 million in the future of New Zealand.
CHAIR OF PAEDIATRICS
This year we celebrated 25 years of this association, Professor Terrie Inder was the guest speaker at the Grand Installation Gala Dinner. We continue to support 12 month fellowships for postgraduates in their research into early childhood health.
CHAIR OF GERONTOLOGY
Support of the Chair continues to $140,000 per annum The Freemasons Charity now partners with the Freemasons Roskill Foundation in supporting Professor Martin Connolly and his team in their research in the science of ageing.
OUR GRAND MASTERS ANNOUNCEMENT AT GRAND INSTALLATION
Our Grand Master announced at Grand Installation that a grant from The Freemasons Charity of $5000 would be made available to each of our 21 Districts for completion of a local community project chosen by brethren working together for the good of their community at large.
OTAGO IMMUNOTHERAPY CANCER TREATMENT
The Freemasons Charity in partnership with the three southern-most Districts has entered its third year of support of this project that if successful will totally revolutionise the treatment of cancer patients, your Charity is committed to a total of 5 years support of this project.
CAMP QUALITY - CANCER KIDS
The Freemasons Charity commits $15000 per annum to the Auckland and Bay of Plenty campsites-local freemasons are heavily involved in the special event days.
SUPPORT OF INDIVIDUALS AND LODGE PROJECTS
$490,000 budgeted for this financial year
One of our priorities, support of those in need- our own people and those in the wider community most commonlythrough the provision of grocery and petrol cards, freeing up other funds for other purposes. This is the most usual form of support thereby not affecting any other benefit that the recipient might be entitled to.
Administered by our Divisional Grand Almoners in cooperation with our District Benevolence Officers
A group of dedicated volunteers prepare and deliver these packs to local hospital emergency units for patients admitted to hospital unexpectedly. Each pack contains a toothbrush, a razor (sometimes) a make-up remover (sometimes) a comb, soap, a refresher towel, a pack of tissues, shampoo. Some of our volunteers add other things if they wish. Over 6000 packs distributed this calendar year in the North Island. Our Southern brethren have a similar programme which they administer themselves The Freemasons Charity meets the cost of the contents (very similar to what is used in the North Island)
AGED MACULAR DEGENERATION
The Freemasons Charity in partnership with the Freemasons Roskill Foundation provided a total of $60,000 to a research project into this highly prevalent disease looking into ways to arrest the inflammation behind the eye (a major contributor to the progression of the disease) We look forward to a research report on this project.
IHC BOOK PROJECT
The Freemasons Charity has supported the purchase and distribution of a series of informational books to parents of children suffering Downs Syndrome and Autism.
The range of books has recently been extended to cover the period up to when the child attends tertiary education.
POTTER MASONIC TRUST
Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation- Potter Trust contributed $75000 to the Community Swim Programme in South Auckland. A major contribution toward water safety in the area.
WAIHEKE SEA SCOUTS
Contribution of $30,000 to purchase a main rescue boat and 6 Cadet Dinghies.