Freema­sons’ cheque boosts pri­mary school

Help for autism unit

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Cathkin Pri­mary School have re­ceived a cheque for £2500 from La­nark­shire Freema­sons.

The cash will be used to sup­port work with chil­dren with ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tion needs in the school’s autis­tic spec­trum unit.

The do­na­tion is part of a to­tal of £10,000 raised through an ap­peal set up by Bro. Tom David­son, Pro­vin­cial Grand Master of La­nark­shire Mid­dle Ward.

Bro. David­son was pleased to be ac­com­pa­nied at the pre­sen­ta­tion by Coun­cil­lor Pam Clearie, de­pute Provost of South La­nark­shire, and brethren from Cam­bus­lang and Blan­tyre lodges.

Head teacher Joanne McLean ac­cepted the gift which will be used by the school’s Autis­tic Spec­trum Unit.

Ms McLean said: “Thank you very much for all your ef­fort – this is a fab­u­lous amount and will make such a big dif­fer­ence to the chil­dren within our unit.

“We’re do­ing a lot of work on com­mu­ni­ca­tion, so­cial and emo­tional needs and this will help with re­sources and a lot of equip­ment which means our staff will be able to help the chil­dren act more ef­fec­tively.”

The Pro­vin­cial Grand Master said: “The brethren and lodges have again risen to the chal­lenge and given their gen­er­ous sup­port to young peo­ple in our province.

“I know from the re­sponse to the ap­peal that the brethren of the province were very sup­port­ive of the work car­ried out by the teach­ers and staff of the schools.”

In ad­di­tion to do­na­tions from lodges and in­di­vid­u­als, the brethren had taken part in spon­sored cy­cle rides, 10k races and spe­cial so­cial events to raise the funds.

This was in ad­di­tion to the usual char­i­ta­ble work of the in­di­vid­ual lodges who con­tin­ued to sup­port a wide va­ri­ety of non- ma­sonic char­i­ties to the ex­tent of more than £50,000 per year in the province.

Chequing in Pro­vin­cial Grand Master Bro Tom David­son hands over the cheque to Joanne McLean, head teacher of Cathkin Pri­mary School as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal lodges and pupils look on

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