(by Peterborough Telegraph, 02 February 2019)
02 February 2019 Share this article Sign Up To Our Daily Newsletter Sign up Charity is at the heart of Freemasonry, and an opportunity to experience and understand what this means in practice to a Mason was demonstrated in January, when members of the Fitzwilliam Lodge were treated to a presentation at The Ellindon Masonic Centre, Peterborough, by two prominent members of the organisation in Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire, writes Craig Bunday from the Peterborough Freemasons.
Firstly, Gerry Crawford, the Provincial Charity Steward, explained how The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) works. The MCF donates to hundreds of charities in the UK and also globally – specifically in the case of the latter with regard to emergency and disaster support throughout the world.
Gerry highlighted that it is important to note that Freemasons’ charity work is not just in the form of money, but also members give their time and support, and in some cases provisions and their own skills and services.
Financially in 2018, the MCF gave grants of almost £150,000 to charites in this area, with all of the money donated being raised from within the organisation – you will never see a Freemason with…