The harrowing news of the humanitarian crisis developing in East Africa has elicited an immediate response from Freemasons in answer to the appeals for help. The MCF has issued the following press release:
“The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of £100,000 to support the East Africa food crisis appeal. The MCF, which is funded by donations from Freemasons across England and Wales, was one of the first organisations to support the urgent appeal for famine relief. Over 20 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia are on the brink of starvation.
The MCF responded to the appeal within hours by giving £100,000 to Plan International at 4pm yesterday evening. Since the launch of the appeal, the public and many other organisations have contributed to this crisis but a great deal more is needed.
David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said: “The crisis in East Africa is one of the worst we have seen in many years and funds are needed now to provide lifesaving support to those affected. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is proud to be one of the first organisations to support this urgent appeal by providing a £100,000 grant to Plan International UK on behalf of Freemasons across England and Wales.”
Tanya Barron, Chief Executive of Plan International UK, said: “We’re enormously grateful to the Freemasons for their very generous grant. More than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished. This grant will help us reach affected children and their families with urgent support.”
David Winder, Assistant Provincial Grand Master with responsibility for the charity team within the Province commented: “Yet again, Freemasons have demonstrated their willingness and commitment to responding rapidly to assist in the relief of suffering and provide aid wherever and whenever it is needed”. He continued “All Masons within our Province can feel very proud that they are continuing, through their support of the 2021 Festival, to show that Freemasonry openly cares.”