The Province of Cambridgeshire celebrated the launch of their Festival 2023 in support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), with a fantastic kick-off event at the Connaught Rooms in London. Over 100 Freemasons from the Province filled the room, which sits shoulder to shoulder with the United Grand Lodge of England, for an afternoon of presentations, speeches and festivities.
On behalf of the MCF, James Newman (President), David Innes (Chief Executive) and Les Hutchinson (Chief Operating Officer) were invited along to support the Province.
“Tonight marks another five years of intensive fundraising, where they’ll try and reach as high a target as possible”, said Les.
At the end of the afternoon, the Festival team unveiled a target of £900,000 for the Appeal, of which a staggering £100,000 had already been raised through regular giving. Bill Dastur, Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire, presented a cheque to James Newman, which was followed by rapturous applause from everyone in attendance.
“It is very important to have regular payments because that’s the easiest way of us all donating money,” explained Bill. “Everyone must also enjoy themselves whilst raising their money – we’ve got to have fun!” Bill was honoured with the very first Festival jewel of the Appeal – a design that was produced by the MCF and Cambridgeshire’s Festival team to reflect the spirit of the Province. The MCF would like to congratulate the Province for their fundraising efforts so far and wishes everyone an enjoyable and successful 2023 Festival Appeal.