Peace & Harmony Lodge 191, an Athol Lodge, is justly proud of its charitable giving and sets an outstanding example of good practice each year.
They have supported many worthy causes & their most recent and highly successful campaign has been the Dover smArt Project.
The Lodge supports four charities and at the February meeting each year they hold a presentation event with representatives of the chosen charities in attendance and following updates on the charities, the guests retire to a Blue Table Dinner with interested & prospective members.
The recipients this year were: The Provincial Festival, 21 Together, Dover & Deal Sea Cadets & Dover smART Project The format has been a great success since 2012, providing a wonderful opportunity to illustrate the true nature of the charitable arm of Freemasonry to people who may not have realised.
The charity steward Tony Plummer, of East Kent Freemasons Peace & Harmony Lodge number 199 in Dover, paid a visit to Dover smART Project’s Gallery recently. The lodge has donated £3000 to the smart project over the last two and a half years.
Dover smART Project is a registered charity supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people through community art projects, including young carers. The charity works tirelessly to raise awareness of young carers in the UK
The lodge, together with other Dover Lodges in the group 7 area along with matched funding from Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity in the past, have been supporting smART for some four years, especially during the last 2 years in the pandemic. Tony learnt that the project went into lockdown with 58 young carers on its register but now has 163, the youngest of which is only 5yrs old. Throughout 2020 & 2021 each of the young carers have received desperately needed support, initially with weekly doorstep deliveries of care packages and now that restrictions have been lifted, the resumption of weekly face to face sessions.
To date they have delivered 7000 care packages, travelled 50,000 miles in Kent, the smART van and spent 11856 hours preparing the parcels.
He was told that the pandemic has had a massive impact on these amazing youngsters, many of whom play a major part in helping to run a household in addition to a ‘normal life’ that children have to cope with.
OLD DOVORIAN 5647 has pledged £4000 in support of this Project
Peace & Harmony most recent donation has enabled the charity to have a smART Angel at each weekly session, who is there to counsel, listen, help and advise.