Benevolence & Charity
One of the first Masonic Tenets drawn to the attention of every new Freemason is that of Charity. Every Freemason is familiar with the concept of ‘Doing to others as you would have them do unto you’. It is no surprise therefore that Freemasonry is at the forefront of Charity work and giving worldwide.
Grand Charity (MCF)
The amount raised by Masons for the “Grand Charity or Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)” of the United Grand Lodge of England amounts to several million pounds a year. Contrary to generally held views, the accounts show that almost half of this is donated to non Masonic Charities.
Private Lodges & Chapters
Private Lodges and Chapters within the District of Cyprus collect money for charity each year from their members through individual donations and various fund raising activities. The Master of the Lodge for the year determines when he first takes charge where the money donated to his ‘Master’s List’ will be applied. He may nominate a Masonic Charity or any other charitable cause at his discretion. Quite often, the charity donations from Cyprus Lodges are shared with local charities as well as the major Masonic Institutions. Although central records are not kept of their non Masonic donations. It can, however, be safely assumed that the total amount contributed to private charities exceeds donations to Masonic Institutions. Details and photographs of Presentations to local charities by Lodges can be seen in our District Wire newsletter which can be viewed under the ‘publications’ and ‘archived publications’ menu items on this site.
The Teddy Loving Care Scheme
The Teddy Loving Care scheme in Cyprus is a scheme where teddy bears are purchased using funds raised by charitable donations and other fundraising activities and the teddies purchased are gifted to hospitals dealing with children. It has been found that the trauma faced by children (especially small children) both as in patients and out patients can be alleviated by the simple gift of a teddy bear. The scheme was started in Cyprus By W.Bro Maurice Stephenson in 2006 with a successful trial at Paphos General Hospital with two boxes of Teddies purchased by the District Board of Benevolence. The Scheme was then extended to the whole of the Republic of Cyprus and since the commencement of the project in 2006, approximately 12450 teddies have been placed in the A & E Units of the following general hospitals : Paphos, Limassol ,Larnaca, Paralimni and Makarios in Nicosia. Over the years the project has earned the support not just of grateful parents and their children but also the hospital staff who obviously find dealing with a calmer child much better.
The responsibility of the TLC scheme has now passed to W.Bro Ray Hynes and if you wish to donate to this very worthy cause please contact Ray at email@example.com .
District Grand Lodge
The District Grand Lodge of Cyprus has undertaken many charitable projects, especially since the Millennium when the Millennium Charitable project of 2000 – 2001 began a cycle of increasingly ambitious projects which carry on to this day. As you can see from the list below our giving extends all over the world.
List of Charitable Donations made by the District Grand Lodge of Cyprus from 2001 to date.
2001 – Donation of CY£ 16,000 to Theotokos Foundation for Specially Adapted vehicle for 4 wheelchairs.
2001 – Donation of $6,184.80 to Grand Lodge of New York following September 11th terrorist attack.
2002 – Donation of CY£14,999 for 2 Kidney Dialysis Machines to Larnaca General Hospital.
2003 – Donation of a room to the new Hospice in Limassol
2005 – Donation of CY£ 37,000 to purchase a complete Intensive Care Unit at Paphos General hospital.
2005 – Donation of £16,000 to the asian Tsunsami appeal fund.
2007 – Donation of €10,000 to Greek Government towards the Greek Fire Disaster fund.
2007 – Donation of CY£3,500 to Doctors of the World
2007 – Donation of CY£5,000 towards Phillips Holter System equipment for Nicosia General Hospital.
2008 – Donation of £10,000 to the Masonic Samaritan Fund.
2008 – Donation of CY£9,564 for new equipment for St Georges home for Children (Lord Kitchener).
2008 – Donation of CY£7,887.50 to Arodaphnousa Palliative Care unit (Lusignan Lodge).
2010 – Donation of €10,000 to Archbishop Makarios III Hospital in Nicosia (Neo Natal Unit).
2010 – Donation of £5,000 to the Masonic Samaritan Fund.
2010 – Donation of €1,000 to Riding for the disabled.
2011 – Donation of €2,000 to Makarios Hospital Childrens unit, Nicosia.
2011 – Donation of €8,220 to Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients.
2011 – Donation of €5,000 to Anti-Cancer Society of Cyprus.
2011 – donation of €5,000 to Anti-Cancer Hospice in Nicosia.
2011 – Donation of €5,000 to Alzheimers Society Paphos.
2012 – Donation of €1,000 to Open arms Society.
2012 – Donation of €3,000 to Ayios Stephanos Foundation.
2013 – Donation of €1,000 to Riding for the Disabled.
2013 – Donation of €700 to Friends for Life, Hospice Care Appeal.
2013 – Donation of €12,000 to The Masonic Samaritan Fund.
2013 – Donation of €2,000 to Infant Welfare Association of Limassol.
2013 – Donation of €1,000 to Theotokos Institute, Limassol.
2014 – Donation of €3,000 to the Infant Welfare Association of Limassol.
2014 – Donation of €2,000 to Volunteer Doctors.
2014 – Donation of €2,000 to Paphos Cancer Patient Support Group.
2014 – Donation of €2,000 to Solidarity, Paphos.
2014 – Donation of €2,000 to Cyprus Samaritans.
2014 – Donation of €1,340 to the Masonic Samaritan Fund.
2014 – Donation of €536 to Archbishop Makarios III Hospital, Nicosia.
2014 – Donation of €6,000 to The Grand Charity.
2015 – Donation of €1,340 to the Masonic Samaritan Fund (now MCF)
2015 – Donation of €2,000 to Limassol Infant Welfare
2015 – Donation of €2,788 to Volunteer Doctors.
2015 – Donation of €1,000 to Limassol Infant welfare association
2015 – Donation of €1,000 to Solidarity Paphos
2015 – Donation of €1,000 to Cyprus Kidney Foundation
2015 – Donation of €1,000 to RAFA wings appeal
2015 – Donation of €2,463 to Brethren in need
2016 – Donation of €1,000 to Riding for the Disabled
2016 – Donation of €1,750 to St Michael’s cancer support group
2016 – Donation of €2,461 to Brethren in need.
2017 – Donation of €1,750 to to the Cancer Patients Support Group – Paphos
2017 – Donation of €500 to Limassol Infant Welfare
2017 – Donation of €10,148 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation (presented by DGM to Pro Grand Master)
2017 – Donation of €1,000 to Riding for the Disabled
2018 – Donation of €11,000 to the Greek fire disaster Fund (Pending)
This list was compiled from the Reports of the District Board of Benevolence and other sources and may not be exhaustive. As stated above, it also does not include the hundreds of Charitable donations made by the District’s Lodges and Chapters and their ‘Masters Lists’. Charitable Donations made before 2000 are not available and are therefore not included.