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Charities get $10k cash boost from masons

The Freemasons' Fund For Bermuda this week made monetary donations of $2000 to four local charities. The Freemasons Fund For Bermuda (FFFB) is a Charity which has been functioning most effectively since 1981 and has donated more than $230,000 to charities in Bermuda. The funds are by the Masons themselves.

The Fund of Bermuda is not in itself a Masonic Lodge, but represents all thirteen Masonic Lodges in Bermuda.

Bermuda is quite unique in worldwide Free Masonry in that on such a small Island there are lodges representative of The Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland each with their own particular history in Bermuda.

Each of the these lodges are members of the FFFB and contribute accordingly. Additionally the fund itself will hold fund raising events.

All funds generated go to charities in Bermuda, but donations are not made to religious, political or Masonic Bodies, Individual Freemasons or their families.

Most recent recipients were: Focus, represented by Sandy Butterfield (Director) and Dr Ernest Peets. Its programme aims at restoring the dignity and self-respect for those who are in the throes of addiction and have lost hope. Focus wants to be the agency of choice for those persons wishing to overcome their drug addiction. They are a substance abuse intervention agency which has been a registered charity since 1993.

Age Concern was represented by its chairman, Erwin Adderly. A caring organisation since 1978, Age Concern Bermuda has reached beyond normal boundaries to access the best in information, provide the best in advocacy, and offers to its membership unique opportunities. Being aware that of the needs of Seniors starts well before the age of 65, membership is available to any individual over 50. In addition, they provide support for caregivers, children and families of seniors.

Meals on Wheels, was represented by Peter Smith, the charity's vice president. Wheels prepares and delivers freshly cooked meals Island-wide to approximately 200 individuals who are incapacitated, or are otherwise unable to prepare a nourishing meal on their own. It caters to diabetic, vegetarian, gluten free, low salt and renal diets with the daily support of some 40 volunteers.

Action on Alzheimer and Dementia, chair Liz Stewart, explained: “Our Mission is to increase public awareness, understanding and education regarding dementia and to improve the lives of those affected by the disease — both those living with dementia and their caregivers who are often family members.

“We advocate for early diagnosis and detection along with “person centred” care where the person is treated with dignity and respect and is “enabled” to live a full live regardless of their disease stage.

“It is estimated there are 900-1000 people living with dementia with ages currently ranging from 47 yrs to well into their 90s. The World Health Organisation has stated that Dementia is a public health priority and every country, including Bermuda needs to develop a National Dementia Care Strategy to ensure we are prepared for the future of this growing health need.”

Dudley Cottingham (FFFB Treasurer) Liz Stewart (Action Alzheimer & Dementia; Sandy Butterfield, Focus Director and Dr. Ernest Peets also of Focus  John Dale, FFFB Public Relations Officer; Erwin Adderly, Chairman Age Concern; Peter Smith Vice President, Meals On Wheels; Marshall Minors, First Vice President FFFB.

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Published May 10, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated May 09, 2014 at 4:51 pm)

Charities get $10k cash boost from masons

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