Masonic Province of Herefordshire
Masonic Samaritan Fund
The Festival -
Now that the Festival is fully under way there will be a programme of fund raising events of many kinds, which will be designed to be enjoyable as well as contributing to the collection.
Brethren are urged to take out a pledge to make a regular donation throughout the five years of the Festival -
A significant part of the funds will be raised through individual Pledges -
However, if you pledge at least £250 over the five years you will qualify to wear the Festival jewel (see right). You can obtain the jewel, at a cost of £15, and wear it as soon as you have pledged to contribute £250 -
If you pledge more, or if your pledged amount plus money you contribute through alms collections and any other donations exceeds certain amounts, you will qualify for a higher level ‘honorific’ as below. We will not be issuing modifications to the jewel when you reach these levels, but you will obtain a certificate from the RW Provincial Grand Master to mark your contribution.
Honorifics will be awarded as follows:
Grand Patron -
Lodges will also be awarded honorifics if the total contributions of their members, plus alms donated by visitors, pass specific levels.
Pledge forms are available now -
Of course not every Lodge alms collection has to be in favour of the Festival, but those that are, using the special Gift Aid envelopes, will be credited to the individual and to the Lodge where the meeting takes place.
Fund Raising Events
Once the Festival is under way, there will be a series of fund raising events. If you’ve got ideas for these, or want to help out, speak to your Lodge Charity Steward.
The Masonic Samaritan Fund is an excellent cause, and can potentially benefit ourselves or any of our Brethren who find themselves in difficulties and needing medical or dental treatment, respite care, mobility aids, or counselling. It does not only benefit Masons and their dependants, but provides grants for important medical research. To find out more about what they do, visit their website .