Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Niagara Free Masons Bring Hope to Children


"Everyone talks about the secrets of the Masonic Lodge; The secret is to keep your mouth shut and do your good work," said Very Worshipful Brother Michael Palmer, a Dunnville resident.

Palmer and Right Worshipful Brother Paul Shaver lead the Niagara 'A' District, which runs from Dunnville to Niagara-on-the-Lake, in order to raise funds and awareness for the The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada at their Charity Project for the Niagara 'A' District Free Masons.

Palmer explained that he and Shaver had a "long history of raising funds together," and their experience shows.

This fall, Palmer, a Dunnville resident, had the honour along with his fellow Free Masons to present a cheque for $19,200 to Laura Mullet-Koop, a representative of Children's Wish and Wish Mom, on behalf of the Foundation.

The $19,200 raised was the most money ever raised in the history of the Niagara 'A' District Charity Project.

"It was so easy to do," said Palmer, "so many people are touched by the illness of a child."

Each year the District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM) of each District, of the 44 districts, selects a charity of their choice to raise Funds for.

This Charity was the choice of Shaver, as he was the elected DDGM and Palmer was his District Secretary for the Charity Project.

When Shaver and Palmer sat down to decide their charity, it was an easy choice, since Shaver's daughter had a brain tumour in the back of her eye when she was a child and received a wish from Children's Wish to meet Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie on Full House.

The $19,200 is part of a whopping $7,225,258 that has been donated to the Children's Wish Foundation in the 2011 fiscal year so far, and the year doesn't end until March 31.

The funds raised will go a long way in helping us grant the wishes of children coping with life-threatening illnesses.
Children's Wish is currently experiencing a record number of wish requests and referrals and the generosity of the Masonic Lodges of Niagara has come at a much needed time.

"Our wish children and families are extremely grateful for their support," said Sandra Harris, Director for the Ontario region.

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada has granted almost 90 wishes in the Niagara Region. Currently there are 27 pending wishes in the Niagara area.

Anyone looking for information regarding fundraising for the Child Advocacy Centre of Niagara or Freemasonry can contact Right Worshipful Brother Doug Madill, Secretary of Amity Lodge No. 32 in Dunnville at 905-774-6866.

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