Hospice says the Freemasons’ generosity has been invaluable. Last month Lodge Albany Master Craig Loeve presented a cheque for $15,000 to Cathy Taylor, Hibiscus Hospice Women’s Committee chair. They are pictured with members of the women’s committee and Albany Freemasons.
The association between the Masonic Lodge and Hibiscus Hospice is a longstanding one that has largely gone under the radar.
The local Orewa Lodge and the Freemason’s Charity began supporting Hibiscus Hospice in 2008 when the organisation purchased two electric beds for the In Patient Unit and since then the Freemasons have provided a computer server upgrade and five wheelchairs for Hospice. The total contribution over this period was $33,000.
Hibiscus Hospice Women’s Committee chair Cathy Taylor says that the Lodge also supports the High Tea fundraiser, organised annually by her committee. In 2014 the Freemasons granted Hospice $15,000 and their contribution also included manpower for the annual High Tea fundraiser.
Last month, on June 18, a further cheque for $15,000 was presented by the Freemason’s Charity, to boost the $26,500 raised at a recent High Tea event.
The money will help fund the costs of the specialist Lymphoedema Therapy and Blood Transfusion Clinic; the service is operated free of charge for terminally ill patients and is the only one on the Hibiscus Coast.
Charity is a principle of Freemasonry, and Master of Lodge Albany, Craig Loeve, says the organisation looks forward to being able to continue its support in the future.