An online public vote is being held to decide which local charities within South Wales will receive up to £25,000 each, as part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations.
Freemasons have nominated 8 good causes to receive South Wales’s share of a special £3 million Community Awards Tercentenary Fund.
The charities that the Province of South Wales has selected for the public vote are:
- Thrive Cardiff
- Age Connect, Cardiff and the Vale
- NSPCC (Wales)
- Prostate Cymru
- The Prince’s Trust
- South East Wales Down Syndrome Support Group
- Alzheimer’s Society
- Touch Trust
Anyone who wishes to vote for one of the nominated charities should visit mcf.org.uk/vote, select the South Wales Province page and vote for the charity of their choice. All the nominated charities are guaranteed to receive a grant, but the public vote will determine the amount from £4,000 up to £25,000.
The £3 million fund, which is being distributed to mark the 300th anniversary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge in 1717, is being administered by the Masonic Charitable Foundation and will be distributed to 300 charities across the country.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation receives all of its funding from Freemasons and their families. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.
Provincial Grand Master of South Wales Freemasons Gareth Jones OBE said:
“We are delighted to be able to invite the whole community to join our 300th anniversary celebrations by helping us to decide which of these excellent local charities should receive the highest award. Every vote counts, so I encourage everyone from South Wales to visit the website and take part.”
Voting opens on Monday 12th June – invite all your friends, family, community to take part.