masoniCare helps Men's Shed
Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00
Last Saturday night the Lightning Ridge Men's Shed received a cheque for $5000 from masoniCare, the charitable arm of the NSW and ACT Freemasons. Butch Whitlow, masoniCare's representative for the Far West Region, presented the cheque to the vice president of the Men's Shed, Graham Henry, at a formal dinner held annually by the local Masonic Lodge to celebrate the installation of its new lodge members.

Freemasonry in NSW and the ACT is currently organised into 13 regions and each year masoniCare allocates each region two grants worth $5000 to be donated to local community initiatives.

It is part of Mr Whitlow's job to identify initiatives or organisations which would benefit from one of masoniCare's regional grants and he said you wouldn't believe how difficult it was to give $5000 away.

"They (the applicants) don't have to do anything," he said, "they just have to fill out some paperwork."

Mr Whitlow said the donation to the Men's Shed came about because as the chef at Chats Cafe, he prepared the food for Meals on Wheels and Mr Henry was the Service Coordinator for Community Transport and Meals on Wheels at the Home and Community Care (HACC) Centre.

"Back in February Graham told me the Men's Shed had missed out on a grant for $14,000 from the Walgett Shire so I said I'd see what I could do for them, " Mr Whitlow said.

Courtesy Lightning Ridge News 19/8/2010