Dorset Freemasons and the Dorset Masonic Charity have come together to donate £9,300 to Portland Sea Cadets
The donation, from individual lodges across the south of the county and topped up by Dorset Masonic Care (DMC), has been used to buy two new sailing dinghies. The was raised by Freemasons in events throughout the year and funds left in bequests and gifts to the DMC.
Portland Sea Cadets give young people an experience that helps them grow into the person they want to be in a safe and friendly environment. Through various activities and adventures, they learn teamwork, respect, loyalty, self-confidence, commitment, self-discipline, honesty and how to be the best version of themselves.
Mark Burstow, Communication Officer of Dorset Freemasonry, said: ‘These values, demonstrated by this wonderful organisation at Portland mirror the life journey we take as Freemasons and seeing this in action with the Cadets is an inspiration.’
Phil Coxall, a Trustee of Dorset Masonic Care (DMC), took the helm of one of the dinghies during their launch evening and afterward said: ‘At DMC we love to support Non-Masonic Causes and in the last year alone, we have given more than £10,000 to local causes. It was pleasure for us to partner with South Dorset Freemasons, topping up their £5,700 donation so the Cadets could buy two dinghies.’
Commanding Officer Lt (SCC) Rachel Harris RNR of the Portland Sea Cadets said she was very grateful for the support of Dorset Freemasons and these new dinghies will greatly help the Portland Sea Cadets continue their work for the benefit of local young people.