Cheque Presentations by Cary & Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee.

Chairman of The Cary & Dunluce Charity Committee welcoming Rt Wor Bro John McLernon Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Antrim.

Chairman of The Cary & Dunluce Charity Committee welcoming Rt Wor Bro John McLernon Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Antrim.

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The members of The Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee returned to the Coleraine Campus of The University of Ulster this morning to meet with Right Worshipful Bro John McLernon, one of the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Antrim, and invite him, on their behalf to present cheque’s to their two nominated Masonic Charities, which are The local Dalriada Branch of Parkinson’s Support Northern Ireland and The Kids4School Childrens Charity.

Ms Sarah Stewart Accepting a Cheque for £ 1.260.00 fo Kids4School.

Ms Sarah Stewart Accepting a Cheque for £ 1.260.00 fo Kids4School.

Our first recipient Ms Sarah Stewart expressed her gratitude to the Brethren for their generous donation of One Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty Pounds only to support the work of Kids4School in Tanzania, Central Africa. They currently spend £ 39.00 per child to meet their schooling costs in Africa, and this donation will greatly enhance their ability to support more students in-country in Tanzania. Kids4School are a christian charity which provide funds to meet costs associated with the provision of free schooling to needy children in Tanzania.

RT Wor Bro McLernon and Ms Sarah Stewart with the Presentation Cheque.

RT Wor Bro McLernon and Ms Sarah Stewart with the Presentation Cheque.

For those interested in these things Kids4School have their offices in Belfast in NCM House. 218 York Street, Belfast BT15 1GY. Their bank is The Ulster Bank 202-206 York Street, Belfast. Sort code is 98-01-20 and their account number is 1080 3185. Kids4School are registered with the Charity Commission and their registration number is NIC 100163 and their Charity IR number is XT22815. We include a link HERE to their latest KIDS4School progress report, updating progress with their works in Tanzania and outlining their hopes for the future. This particular report was just released by the Charity in November 2016.

Committee Chairman presenting Cheque to Mrs Ethna Watterson MBE representing Parkinsons Support N.I.

Committee Chairman presenting Cheque to Mrs Ethna Watterson MBE representing Parkinsons Support N.I.

The Dalriada Branch of Parkinsons Support Northern Ireland was formed back in 2013, along with branches in Belfast and Fermanagh. Their representitive this morning was Mrs Ethna Watterson, a founder member, and current chair of the branch. Ethna understands better than most the benefits that their branch meetings in the Robinson Hospital bring to sufferers and their carers, as her husband had suffered from the illness for some 27 years. She was delighted with the amount presented and said it would be put to good use at a branch where membership had shown a steady increase. They were planning to take a group across to Scotland in the near future and this generous donation would help them to meet some of the costs and overheads associated with this trip.

Mrs Ethna Watterson with the Chairman of The Cary & Dunluce Charity Committee receiving her Presentation Cheque.

Mrs Ethna Watterson with the Chairman of The Cary & Dunluce Charity Committee receiving her Presentation Cheque.

Group Photograph recording the Presentations.

Group Photograph recording the Presentations.

Rt Wor Bro McLernon then addressed the assembled Brethren, members of the Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee and thanked them, on behalf of The Provincial Grand Master, Officers and Members of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim for all their work in making these annual presentations possible. The Cary and Dunluce committee were strongly supported by their parent Lodges, Chapters and other bodies and regularly make generous donations to support worthwhile local and national charities.

General Group Photo No 1.

General Group Photo No 1.

Group Photo No 2.

Group Photo No 2.

General Photo No 3.

General Photo No 3.

By now, I’m sure some of you will be trying to work out who the blond haired Brother in the red sports wear is. It is of course the hard working wife of Wor Bro Alister McKay, who supports the Committee every year, fulfilling the roll of group accountant, collecting funds, recording same and helping out where ever needed. Diane Thompson McKay, a past lady captain at Portstewart Golf Club, is a well known supporter of the work carried out by the Committee, and again, on their behalf, we record her contribution to the success of the day.

General Photo 4.

General Photo 4.

A Final Look at The Group.

A Final Look at The Group.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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