Freemasonry has always had certain tenets which it holds dear and which our members practise every day
We say that Freemasonry stands for Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and we still use these words in our ceremonies but perhaps in more modern language four words sum up what our organisation is about; Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.
Charity is often said to be the cornerstone of the organisation and there can be no doubt that Freemasonry enthusiastically supports charities at local, Provincial and national levels.
But what of individual members who undertake simple acts of random kindness? Such a man and Derbyshire Freemason is David Greenway, whose Christmas plans had been to spend time with his daughter, an intensive care nurse in Plymouth - the first opportunity she had to have Christmas with family in Derby for five years.
Unfortunately, changes to the current lockdown rules prevented this, leaving David with more food than was needed. His partner Elaine had noticed a man sleeping rough near a major road in Derby, so David decided to deliver Christmas dinner to him and two other rough sleepers they found in the City Centre. They were all most grateful and in David’s words: 'it brought the spirit of Christmas to its true meaning, a good result from the sadness of being away from family, here's hoping for a better time next year.'
David is not a man to seek publicity, but on this occasion relented in the hope that this act would remind us all what Freemasonry stands for and hopes that any of us may be inspired to act in a similar way should we find ourselves in a position to help those less fortunate than ourselves. David explained that he is often reminded of a quote that he has been inspired by over many years from Amelia Earhart; 'A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees.'