Ma­sonic Lodge raises a cup

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Robert Dougherty

El­e­gant ladies and dap­per gen­tle­men from around Hed­land have had a “re­spectable, yet fun” time, tak­ing part in this year’s High Tea Royale fundraiser for char­ity.

At­ten­dees lifted a cup of tea and a scone this year, rais­ing more than $3500 for the Hed­land Women’s Refuge at the Port Hed­land Ma­sonic Lodge event on Oc­to­ber 20.

PHML se­nior war­den, Peter Phipps said the event was a hub of light-hearted con­ver­sa­tions, games, auc­tions and prizes as well as a va­ri­ety of teas.

“It’s a fundrais­ing event purely for rais­ing money for the women’s refuge; ev­ery cent that’s raised will go di­rectly to the women’s refuge for the items they need,” he said.

“They are one of the few places in town that doesn’t get much done for them. They are at the whim of govern­ment fund­ing and their re­sources are stretched to the limit.”

“We have sup­ported them a lot this year, through food, gift cards and things like that so they can get day to day needs.”

The an­nual event co-or­di­nated by Deb Phipps has contributed funds to many of Hed­land’s char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing Care for Hed­land and a pur­pose-built wheel­chair in pre­vi­ous years.

Jas­mine Black, 4, sit­ting with Eva Black and Lina McFar­lane.

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