The King George Lodge of Debert will present the Hospice Society with a cheque for $800 at their upcoming meeting in Debert at 7:50 pm on Thursday, June 30, 2011.
Gary Bishop, a long standing Colchester East Hants Hospice Volunteer, first approached Masonic brothers to support the work of the Hospice Society in 2009. The response to his initial appeal was significant from all levels. The King George Lodge of Debert, together with the Masonic Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia presented the Hospice with $20,800 that year. In 2010 the same group rallied support and provided Hospice with an additional $15,000. On Thursday, June 30, 2011 the lodge continues their tradition of investing their local support with a donation of $800 more dollars.
Charity is a cornerstone of the Freemason’s way of Life. The mission of the Masonic Foundation is to encourage the active practice of the Masonic Principles of Benevolence and Charity, and to promote a positive image of Freemasonry in the Community. The Mason’s have supported individuals in need, education, community groups and natural disasters for generations.
“The Hospice is so thankful for this offer of support from the Freemasons” said Cathrine Yuill, Executive Director of the Hospice Society. “The Masons have an international history of supporting Hospice and we are so pleased to be united with our local Masons in our desire to bring care and support to those in our communities who are facing end of life.”
The Hospice Society provides care and support to families in Colchester East Hants who are facing life threatening illness. Support encompasses the whole family and continues on grief support after the death of their loved one. The support from the Masons will give a major boost to programs including Volunteer Visiting, Counselling and Education.