Hunter Valley members, from Maitland to Scone, throw their support behind Marli Accommodation Services

Grand Master of NSW & ACT Freemasons James Melville and District Grand Inspector Mark Pollard present the donation to Elizabeth Berger, CEO of Marli Accommodation Services
Grand Master of NSW & ACT Freemasons James Melville and District Grand Inspector Mark Pollard present the donation to Elizabeth Berger, CEO of Marli Accommodation Services

THE Freemasons of District 15, which encompasses the Hunter Valley from East Maitland to Scone, have made a significant donation in support of local charity Marli Accommodation Services.

At a recent function in Maitland, the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and ACT, Most Worshipful Brother James Melville, presented a cheque for $6000 to Marli CEO Elizabeth Berger as a cash donation from district lodges.

The bequest was supported by the state charity Masonicare, and was in addition to significant in-kind contributions to the refurbishment of the former Currency Lass Hotel, for use as an accommodation and training venue for homeless men from across the Hunter.

“The lodges of District 15 have once again cooperated in support of an important charitable initiative,” said Very Worshipful Brother Mark Pollard, District Grand Inspector of Workings.

“Such projects are significant representations of the important values of Freemasonry, which incorporate love for fellow man and relief from poverty or suffering.”

Brother Pollard expressed his thanks to the many sponsors and community members who had supported the fundraising venture.

The lodges will continue their fundraising activities, with a view to presenting a similar donation to ClothesLine, a statewide charity which operates in association with Marli Accommodation in the Hunter.