You will be aware that as part of the Tercentenary Celebrations a special Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) Community Awards fund of £3m was set up to support 300 charities across the county. Each Province was asked to nominate a number of local charities who would benefit from a donation from this fund. A public vote will now be taking place to decide how much each charity would receive. The size of the vote obviously dictates the size of the donation.
The six Charities nominated by the Buckinghamshire Executive were:
HEARING DOGS FOR THE DEAF www.hearingdogs.org.uk
KARENS BIG SMILES www.karensbigsmiles.org
STOKE MANDEVILLE CANCER CARE AND HAEMATOLOGY FUND www.cchf.org.uk
THE GRAHAM FULFORD FOUNDATION www.psatests.org.uk
MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk
Each charity will receive a minimum of £4,000 and there are awards of £15,000 and £25,000 for the two that receive the most votes. The voting will run from 12th June to 31st July 2017 and is open to all Freemasons and the wider community to vote for their nominated charity.
I would strongly urge you all that if you do not know of the work of these charities go onto their website and read about the fantastic work they do and then vote for your favourite.
As a Province we were the first to launch a Festival for the MCF so it wonderful to see and know that we in Buckinghamshire have £58,000 of the Community Award to donate to our 6 charities and we look to all the brethren to vote and continue to support our Festival so that we can continue to work with the MCF in supporting Buckinghamshire Charities and Bucks Brethren who need our support.
How to vote
Everyone can get involved and vote for the charity of their choice. Simply select your region to find out which charities have been chosen in the Buckinghamshire area.
To submit your vote you just need to provide your name and email address. This information will remain confidential and we will contact you with the outcome of the MCF Community Awards.
You can only vote once, but you can share who you voted for with your family and friends to help your favourite charity get more votes.
The vote will close on 31st July 2017.
If you don’t have an email address, or you need help voting, get in touch with the Voting team at the MCF on 020 3146 3309.
Brethren this is our opportunity to help some fantastic charities in our Province who help so many of our Buckinghamshire Community.
YOUR VOTE COUNTS
Sincerely and Fraternally
W Bro Graham Dearing PSGD
Assistant Provincial Grand Master