Charity is one of the fundamental principles upon which Freemasonry is founded. All Freemasons are strongly encouraged to practice their charity and benevolence. Charity is one of the fundamental principles upon which the entire structure of Freemasonry is built. Masonic charity predates the modern welfare state by some 300 years and things we take for granted that are provided and funded (either in whole or in part) by the governments of most civilized countries today – education, food, shelter, healthcare, infrastructure and the eradication of poverty – were originally provided by Freemasons. Even to this day, in the countries where Freemasonry thrives, it is typically one of the largest charities.
The Lodge takes its philanthropic duties very seriously. Over its recent history The Lodge has supported a number of local and international charities such as the Cheshire Home, Club Rainbow and Room to Read. Our contributions have involved building computer rooms for those in care, building libraries for a school for disadvantaged children Vietnam and escorting the physically disabled on outings.
Masonic charity is unique and involves more than just writing a cheque. For Freemasons, charity is much more than that – it is “purpose driven”, with our own dedication, sincerity and motivation being more important than a number written on a cheque. For us, charity goes hand in hand with engineering a more compassionate and merciful society. It requires a more “hands-on” approach and the devoting of one’s personal time, something for which a dollar value cannot be attributed. So important has this principle become to the Lodge that all its prospective candidates are required to join members of the Lodge in this charitable work, so as to show them the importance and practical effects of the Lodge’s charity work.
The Lodge’s current charity focus is in support of a local charity called Beyond Social Services (BSS), a charity dedicated to helping children, young people and their families from less privileged backgrounds, break free from the poverty cycle. Even in Singapore, one of the wealthiest and most developed economies in the world, there are those who live at the lowest ebb of poverty and distress. BSS provides guidance, care and resources that enable families and communities to keep their young people in school and out of trouble. BSS deals with broken homes, abusers of harmful substances, domestic violence, suicides and general domestic welfare.
The Lodge works with the BSS team to arrange a number of charitable events and fund raisers where our Brethren, along with their wives and children, can directly participate in activities that support these youths and their families. It's not just about the money but also about time spent with helping these families. Just one example of our many initiatives is the distribution of food packages.
For more information about the Lodge’s philanthropic activities, please contact our Charity Steward at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on our partner charity, Beyond Social Services, see: http://beyond.org.sg/ and www.facebook.com/beyondsocialservices
A short video on how Beyond Social Services helps disadvantaged communities can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0SJ6MbO9wk
Some short videos on how the Lodge has assisted Beyond Social Services in helping disadvantaged communities can be viewed here: (TBA)
For more information about the United Grand Lodge of England’s charities, please follow the attached link: www.ugle.org.uk/giving
“To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, particularly Masons, who are linked together in one indissoluble chain of sincere affection; hence to soother the unhappy, sympathise in their misfortunes, compassionate their miseries, and restore peace to their troubled minds, is as the grand aim we have in view”
“….prove to the world the happy and beneficial effects of our Ancient Institution, so that when anyone is said to be a member of it, the world may know that he is one to whom the burdened heart may pour forth its sorrow, to whom the distressed may prefer their suit, whose hand is guided by justice, and whose heart is expanded by benevolence.”