Season of Goodwill

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Whether shielding or front-line working it matters not. From donating much needed money to volunteering by phoning front-line organisations or packing and delivering PPE, every Freemason in Essex has contributed in some way to the Covid-19 Project of the United Grand Lodge of England and the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

With £1 million allocated to the first phase of the Project which helped good causes such as PPE, women’s refuges, foodbanks and PC tablets, Essex Freemasons have rallied alongside their Masonic brethren in the fight against the pandemic.

Now another £1 million has just been released for phase two of the Project with over £840,000 to target homelessness and rough sleeping including:

  • 39 charities, of which 15 are individual Emmaus organisations
  • 1080 individuals being provided with accommodation
  • 838 people getting support and access to services such as counselling etc.
  • 573 employment and training opportunities
  • 300 receiving food daily and 250 receiving food weekly
  • 235 homeless and rough sleepers getting essentials and support

The Deputy Grand Master In Charge of Essex Freemasons, Paul Reeves, emphasised the importance of this new Phase of the Project by leading from the front and presenting Emmaus Colchester with a cheque for £20,000 exactly two weeks before Christmas Day.

The contributions of the Brethren to the MCF are being thankfully applied in helping the homeless and giving relief to rough sleepers with in this ‘the Season of Goodwill’.

Tony Hales

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Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex