Proud Of Our Good Deeds
MAJOR PROJECTS FOR THE FREEMASONS CHARITY IN 2014
$2 MILLION TO THE FREEMASONS CHAIR OF NEUROSURGERY
This provided valuable seed funding to enable the continuing 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
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 has been 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 fourth 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. Freemasons of Central Division are also becoming increasingly more involved in supporting this worthy cause
SUPPORT OF INDIVIDUALS AND LODGE PROJECTS
$410,000 budgeted for this financial year
One of our priorities, support of those in need- our own people and those in the wider community most commonly through 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 Charity 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)
BIG BUDDY PROGRAMME
A programme that provides funding to train male volunteers to act as surrogate fathers to teenage boys growing up in the family home without a male influence, supported by several local Wellington lodges, among them, Empire Fergusson No 225 and Hinemoa Kairangi No 122 .
POTTER MASONIC TRUST
The Trust has adopted the BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ) Homai Campus Project with support of $450,000 over three years to provide an outdoor education facility for blind and vision impaired children
ANOTHER 125 TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT
A national project launched to provide the Blind Foundation with 125 Daisy Players. Districts and lodges are being encouraged to participate, they do so by deciding how many players they would like to subsidise ($500 per unit) sending the money to The Freemasons Charity, who will provide a tax receipt acknowledging their support . Eventually the donations will be totalled, if there is a shortfall (less than $62,500) then The Freemasons Charity (your Charity ) will make up the shortfall. If there is a surplus then those funds will be used to purchase additional books (CDs) for the library.
PIHA SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB
Brethren of the Auckland West District combined to fund a rescue boat for Piha Surf Life Saving Club