Ma­sons lodge do­na­tion to help kids

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Michael Mat­tingly

THEY say it takes a com­mu­nity to raise a child.

The Ma­sonic Lodge is pitch­ing in to help by do­nat­ing $2,500 to the Kyabram and Dis­trict Par­ents Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

The do­na­tion was pre­sented by chair of the lodge, Dan Spencer, on Sun­day af­ter­noon, and is aimed at en­hanc­ing learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the young peo­ple of Kyabram.

‘‘The Kyabram lodge over the past cou­ple of years has set about to raise money to as­sist an or­gan­i­sa­tion that cares for and ed­u­cates young peo­ple,’’ Mr Spencer said.

‘‘We iden­ti­fied the pre-schools as key or­gan­i­sa­tions hav­ing a Ad­dress: 17 Deakin Grove, Ton­gala Price: $389,000 - $409,000

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large im­pact on young peo­ple’s lives.’’

The fundrais­ing ef­fort banded across var­i­ous av­enues in the re­gion.

‘‘We cut and split fire­wood, which in turn was raf­fled in Al­lan St. We sold loads of fire­wood di­rect to peo­ple in town and at our monthly lodge meet­ings all mem­bers and vis­i­tors con­trib­ute to a raf­fle.

‘‘Set­ting chil­dren up for life­long learn­ing be­gins with their early ed­u­ca­tion and we are de­lighted to be able to sup­port our lo­cal preschools.

‘‘And so, it gives the Kyabram Ma­sonic Lodge in con­junc­tion with the Freema­sons Vic­to­ria Foun­da­tion great plea­sure to present this cheque of $2,500 to Agent: Mc­Connell First Na­tional Real Es­tate Phone: 5853 2588

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the Par­ents Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.’’

Jess Hal­stead, pres­i­dent of the Par­ents Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, was thank­ful for the do­na­tion.

‘‘We are look­ing at us­ing the money across our lo­cal preschools and it will be put to­wards some pro­jec­tors and screens for learn­ing,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s great to have this sort of sup­port and we are very ap­pre­cia­tive.’’

Mr Spencer added: ‘‘Freema­sonry has ex­isted in its cur­rent form for hun­dreds of years. It is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that prides it­self in sup­port­ing good men to be bet­ter men. We ac­tively en­cour­age men in the com­mu­nity who are look­ing for a path­way in which to sup­port their com­mu­ni­ties, to re­search freema­sonry as an op­tion to pur­sue.’’

The $2,500 will go to­wards pro­jec­tors and screens for learn­ing.

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