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Think Pink Appeal a Huge Success

The masons of the Western District held a sausage sizzle and Trivia competition last Sunday to raise funds for the Think Pink Appeal. Over seventy masons, wives and family thoroughly enjoyed getting together for a fun afternoon and particularly the friendly competition answering trivia questions. A Mega raffle with nearly thirty prizes was held as was a silent auction. Good food, good company and a worthy cause all helped to make the afternoon a huge success. Thanks must be given to all who turned up for making it such a fun day, but particular thanks must go to Noel Allsop and Lyn who organised the prizes and trivia questions, the sausages, cupcakes and drinks and just about everything else. Also to Edmond and Laura Mansour for jewelry and gift vouchers and for helping on the day, Jeff Denison for working like a beaver all day, and Norrie Rayson and Brendan Kyne for cooking the sausages. And to anyone else who I have forgotten. All the effort was well worth while because including donations from The Blues Brothers Masters Group, The Highlanders Masters Group, The Confederates Masters Group and the  Djerriwarrh Lodge, the magnificent amount of $4053.35 was raised. A great result and a great time. Thanks to all.

Help for Lyla

Help for Lyla.

Presentation of Cheque for Lyla.

I recently received an appeal for assistance from the Royal Children’s Hospital on behalf of Lyla and her family. Lyla is 9 months old and lives with Cata – her mother and primary carer, Kris her father and older brother Blair. She has been diagnosed with dystonic quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy which means she needs a special chair called a Bingo Seating System that provides the head and trunk support she needs to sit to be fed and play.. Currently her family has to feed her sitting on their laps to provide this support. Contact ws made with the Lodges in the Western District for assistance which had immediate results. Over $5000 was raised within days. In addition a Freemason who is also a member of the International Order of Old Bastards sought the assistance of that fund raising organisation to the appeal. This resulted in representatives of both organisations meeting Lyla and her family to present a cheque for $7034 to purchase the chair. Lyla is a beautiful child – always smiling and happy, and she genuinely seemed to enjoy our cpmpany and the attention.

The photo shows from l to r:- Ian Arrell (IOOB), Cara holding Lyla, David Seymour (Freemasons Victoria), Alastair Wright (IOOB) and Danni Centorame (TRCH).

Think Pink Appeal

The Western District has organised a Sausage Sizzle and Trivia Afternoon to raise money for the Think Pink Appeal. It is to be held at the Western Masonic Centre on Sunday 29th September commencing at 12 noon. Cost of entry is $5.00 per person, children under 16 free. Sausages available for purchase, raffle and silent auction will be part of the fund raising activities, and the Trivia competition will be family orientated. Come along and support this worthy cause. Please contact David Seymour on 0419 567 099 with numbers attending for catering purposes.

Think Pink Appeal

The Western District will support the Think Pink Appeal by holding a Sausage Sizzle and Trivia afternoon on Sunday 29th  September commencing at 12 noon at the Western Masonic Centre, 121 Callaway Boulevard, Sunshine West, 3020. An entry fee of $5 per head (children under 16 free) and sausages @ $2 will start the fund raising, and a raffle and silent auction will also assist. A fun trivia competition will provide good family entertainment. BYO drinks, although some soft drinks will be available for purchase. Come along and have a fun afternoon and help a worthy cause at the same time. All welcome.

Kitchenware Donated to SDS in Sunshine.

Br. Tom Kelly, chairman of Western Masonic Centre Board of Management presenting cheque to the Sunshine SDS.

Br. Tom Kelly, chairman of Western Masonic Centre Board of Management presenting cheque to the Sunshine SDS.

Sunshine Special Developmental School (SDS) is a school designed for children and young people with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 5 and 18 years. Currently they have 171 students enrolled. All students must have an assessment by an educational psychologist to establish eligibility for enrollment. Many students have other conditions that influence their education such as autism, medical conditions and physical disabilities. Through incorporating cooking into the curriculum teachers are able to address many areas as well as teach life skills. Class cooking would enable teachers to embed reading, writing, speaking and listening, measurement, number recognition, choice making, interpersonal development and personal learning into one authentic learning practice.

Sunshine SDS was in need of new kitchen equipment to enable this important work to commence. the Board of Management of the Western Masonic Centre heard the appeal and acted. They donated $1,369.88 to provide a complete set of kitchen equipment including a stainless steel trolley, convection oven, microwave oven, frying pan, kettle, chopping boards and lots more. The school hopes eventually to get a total of 6 sets to fully provide every group with the necessary equipment to allow every student to take advantage of the new curriculum.

Well done, Western Masonic Centre.

LEGO Donation

Ahmad Ellaz enjoys playing  with his new found friends at the Western Autistic School.

Ahmad Ellaz enjoys playing with his new found friends at the Western Autistic School.

As part of the Freemasons Victoria Task Force Autism Spectrum Disorder LEGO Drive  members of the Footscray St. Johns Lodge donated LEGO pieces to the Western Autistic School at Laverton. One of the newer members of the Lodge, Br. Ahmad Ellaz visited the school to make the donation and to play with students at the school. It was difficult to tell who enjoyed playing with the LEGO more – the students or Ahmad?

Newest member at Werribee Enterprise

John Meszaros (579x1024)On a cold, wet and windy Thursday night John Meszaros became the newest member of Werribee Enterprise Lodge on the 13th June 2013. John had contacted Grand Lodge to enquire how to become a freemason, and after having all his questions answered decided to complete the applic ation form. Following a satisfactory interview with the New Members Committee he was directed towards Werribee Enterprise Lodge which is situated close to his place of residence. He visited the Lodge at their fetive Board after several meetings where he met many members of the Lodge on a social basis. He was then initiated into freemasonry by members of the Lodge who were already known to him. At the festive board after the ceremony District Coordinator, David Seymour, welcomed John into freemasonry and wished him a long and happy association woth Werribee Enterprise Lodge. John responded and indicated that he was very haappy to become a member of the Lodge and freemasonry in general and thanked the members of the Lodge for their warm and sincere welcome. The photo shows District coordinator David Seymour and John Meszaros in the South.

Meet the Volunteers 3.

Teenagers also voliunteer

Caitlyn Foss and friends

Age is no barrier to volunteering, especially on the Good Friday Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. Drive around the 7/11 sites in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne and you will see volunteers of all ages. Freemasons with their wives and children; teenagers; and some of us of a more mature age. Many have personal stories to tell about the Children’s Hospital – members of their family who have been patients, some who just want to give a helping hand to a very worthy cause. Regardless of the motivation, they all do their bit to raise much needed funds for the most recognised hospital in Victoria. This photo shows Caitlyn Foss (daughter of organiser Steve), with two of her friends – three teenagers who willingly give their time to help others.

Meet the Volunteers 2.

Lauren and Donna  Caufield collecting at Old Geelong Road.

Lauren and Donna Caufield collecting at Old Geelong Road.

Good Friday volunteer Donna Caufield has a very personal reason why she gives her time to collect much needed funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital each Good  Friday. Her lovely daughter Lauren has had undergone many operations at the Royal Children’s over the years as well as re-hab services. The whole family – David, Donna, Lauren and Nathan all help out, manning the Old Geelong Road 7/11 site for the past three years. The Caufields modestly say that they are only giving something back to the Royal Children’s Hospital for the many services they have received there. The photo shows Lauren and Donna doing what they do best – collecting and smiling!

Meet the Volunteers 1.

Royalchildres2010-2Here is a story that proves the dedication of our volunteers. On Good Friday morning a couple of years ago, at about 7.30 am, volunteer organiser Steve Foss received a phone call from Marilyn Johnson informing him that her husband David had suffered a bad turn and that they would not be able to man their 7/11 post that day. She was so concerned that the post would be left unattended that Steve promised to call round, pick up the cans and collect for them. He immediately drove to the Johnson’s home where he found David being loaded into an ambulance having suffered a heart attack! It turned out that Marilyn had phoned Steve first before calling the ambulance! That’s what I call dedication. The good news is that David went on to make a complete recovery. The photo shows David and Marilyn with District Coordinator David Seymour on a happier Good Friday.