Freemasons embrace giving
IN THE past they've been thought of as secretive, but this Christmas there are no secrets about the Warwick Masonic Lodge members doing their bit to help those in need.
The group has made a generous $500 donation to the Warwick branch of the Red Cross to assist the Adopt-a-Family Christmas campaign.
Warwick Masonic Lodge secretary Ron Bryant said the group contributed $250, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Freemason's Board of Benevolence.
"This $500 is to help the Warwick Red Cross put food on the table for those less fortunate," he said.
"Each year we apply to the board and they match it dollar-for-dollar."
As Christmas approaches, locals have continued to show their generosity in supporting Adopt-a-Family.
Warwick Red Cross administration officer Jodie Gilmore said the Warwick Masonic Lodge's donation would help several local families.
"This donation will help at least two families," she said.
"We've supplied grocery hampers and presents for the families."
Contrary to popular belief, the Freemasons are one of the biggest charitable organisations in the world - donating millions of dollars each year to charity.
Warwick Masonic Lodge treasurer John Brady said the group had donated to many causes in the past.
"Over the years we've given to a number of local charities," he said.
"Last year we funded the running and maintenance of a Blue Care car for 12 months."
APN and the Warwick Daily News are proud sponsors and partners of the Adopt-a-Family campaign.