Charity here in East Kent
Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.
So what are we doing, here in East Kent?
Charity is one of the cornerstones of Freemasonry. It always has been, and it always will be. As an organisation we donate huge amounts of time, money and practical support to local and national charities.
Here in East Kent, we have our own Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity. It supports local communities by providing financial help and relief for charities, voluntary organisations and individual people in need. Since its establishment in 2014 it has donated over £430,000 to these worthy causes.
The backbone of Charity in East Kent is our members – remarkable individuals who give their time and support to so many others. They work without financial reward and sometimes in the most difficult situations. As Freemasons, we are always taught to give what we can afford, without detriment to ourselves or our families.
In East Kent we are currently in what is called “FESTIVAL” mode ( full details here). Every eleven years or so each region or province embarks on a five-year campaign to raise funds for our national charity, the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The aim of our current Festival, which ends in 2025, is to raise £3.5 million. This rolling programme of regional Festivals has made the MCF into one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.
Although each Festival has an end date, monies are not held back until then: instead, they are passed directly to the MCF as soon as they are received. We call it the “revolving door” principle: what comes in, goes straight out. By this means we achieve a steady and continuous flow of revenue for immediate use.
To find out more, head over to the MCF website at https://mcf.org.uk
£10,000 donated to Bright Shadow by the MCF
Individuals, Lodges, Chapters and Groups are all helping to raise money in their own way. Here are some of the examples of what they are doing.
10 Years ago, Barrie Silman a member of the Stella Maris Lodge No.7279 and Thanet Chapter No.429, underwent an operation on one of his knees (micro fracture) to repair a shattered cartilage. After 8 weeks on crutches he had to learn to walk again, he couldn’t even get to the end of his road.
His surgeon advised him to exercise so that he kept the muscles around the knee strong and avoid an early knee replacement, he also said due to the nature of the injury and surgery that Barrie would never be able to run again as the impact would cause further injury.
in 2019 Barrie, being stronger and fitter, decided to walk an ‘ultra-marathon’ ( 50km/31 miles) in 2020. Barrie is continuing his fundraising and will be undertaking another Ultra Marathon soon.
One local Lodge in Deal ( The Downs Lodge) stepped in when vandals broke in and stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment from a local Charitable Railway.
Over £14,000 worth of equipment was stolen, so a small donation from one lodge may not seem much, but with many small donations, as they say “Every Little Helps”. And the Charity were so grateful for the help.
With East Kent being split into regional groups, the ability to work together across one area produces bigger results, none more than in Group 8. Covering Birchington, Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate and Westgate, this group along with match funding from the East Kent Cornwallis Freemasons Charity, (EKCFC) and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) were able to donate, £22,000 to fund a Clinical Trials Pathology Labs at the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.
The Lab wass opened in June 2022
East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity
The East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity is part of the Masonic Fishing Charity. With its aim to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs.
Here in the East Kent Branch, we are able to run fishing events at various fisheries and inviting participants from special needs schools and centres and people who have suffered trauma to come and join in.
The Students all have a great time and look forward to spending the day outside. The Charity is always looking for help, so head over to their page under the Sports Tab, to see how you can give a little to help a lot.
THE MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
In the last 5 years, the Charity has awarded over £100M with more than 30,000 grants. Here in East Kent, 14 grants to Charities, £52,338 in grants to Charities, 169 Individuals and families helped with grants, £504,047 in grants given to individuals and their families. £300,843 to help cover daily living costs and £167,649 to support health, care and wellbeing. £35,555 to support the education of children and young people.
Data correct as of 28th October 2022
The Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity
The Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity aims to be the face of Masonic Charity in the community. It seeks to maximize the benefit of the money that it gives to our local communities by not just sending a cheque, but by giving the recipient charity the opportunity of the greatest exposure so that others will recognise the wonderful work which that charity actually does.
The 2025 Festival
Here in East Kent we are currently raising money for our 2025 Festival, as explained above, the money is for the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The money raised is not stored, but spent straight away, what we call a revolving door approach, delivering funds as and when they are needed to the most vulnerable and those in need of urgent help.
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