As you may be aware, to celebrate the tercentenary, the Masonic Charitable Foundation has allocated an additional £3,000,000 to be awarded to local community charities in 2017. Here in West Lancashire, eight local charities will share a total of £79,000. The amount received by each charity will be determined by the number of votes they receive via an online poll and we would encourage you, your family and friends to vote for the charity which you feel you wish to support by clicking on mcf.org.uk/vote. Based upon the number of votes received, the charities will receive between £25,000 and £2,000 each. The voting will open on 12 June 2017 and run until 31 July 2017 and the amounts awarded to each charity will be announced in August 2017.
The information detailed below has been sent to local media and community press.
West Lancashire Freemasons urge the public to vote for local charities to share £3,000,000.
An online public vote is being held to decide which local charities within West Lancashire will receive up to £25,000 each, as part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations.
Freemasons have nominated eight good causes to receive West Lancashire’s share of a special £3,000,000 Community Awards Tercentenary Fund.
The charities that West Lancashire has selected for the public vote are:
- Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Leigh
- Wargrave House School and College, Newton-le-Willows
- Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid
- Salford Women’s Aid
- Headway (Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde)
- St Helens Carers Centre
- Sefton Children’s Trust
- League of Welldoers, Liverpool
Anyone who wishes to vote for one of the nominated charities should visit mcf.org.uk/vote, select the West Lancashire page and vote for the charity of their choice. All the nominated charities are guaranteed to receive a grant, but the public vote will determine the amount from £4,000 up to £25,000.
The £3,000,000 fund, which is being distributed to mark the 300th anniversary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge in 1717, is being administered by the Masonic Charitable Foundation and will be distributed to 300 charities across the country.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation receives all of its funding from Freemasons and their families. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33,000,000 goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.
Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison from West Lancashire Freemasons said:
“We are delighted to be able to invite the whole community to join our 300th anniversary celebrations by helping us to decide which of these excellent local charities should receive the highest award. Every vote counts, so I encourage everyone from West Lancashire to visit the website and take part.”
To make sure your vote counts so that your favourite charity in West Lancashire can win up to £25,000, visit mcf.org.uk/vote