Lodge “St Conval” Giffock No.1359 donates £7,750 to charity

The latest in a series of sportsman’s dinners hosted by Lodge “St Conval” Giffnock No.1359 raised a total £7,750 for charity.

The RWM Bro. Ian Gunning, handed over a cheque for this amount to MND Scotland on Wednesday, 9 January – one of his last public engagements before stepping down from the Chair at the lodge’s Annual Installation on 12th January.        

Speakers at the dinner held earlier last year were former Scottish international footballer Gordon Smith and media pundit, Tam Cowan who entertained a large attendance of Brethren and guests.  A raffle and auction of sporting items contributed to the money raised.

Bro. Ian said: “It well exceeded our goal and our thanks go to everyone who helped us achieve this large total that was welcomed by MND Scotland who tell us it will be used to help the work and research on behalf of sufferers in Scotland.

“It was my pleasure, privilege and honour to present the cheque to Louise Earley, the Community & Events Fundraiser for MND Scotland at their offices in Glasgow.””

In 2008 Lodge “St Conval” started holding annual sportman’s dinners to raise money for charities. In the 11 years these have been running the Lodge has donated over £37,000 to 13 non-masonic charities.

MND is a progressive incurable illness. and affects everyone differently. It is an extremely difficult condition to diagnose as few cases follow exactly the same pattern. There are currently no specific tests for MND and where tests are carried out, these are used to rule out other conditions and they rely on donations to allow them to continue their research and to give assistance to those suffering from MND.

The charity was overwhelmed by the amount donated and extremely grateful for the hard work put in by the Lodge on their behalf which they say will make a big difference to their ongoing work.

RWM Bro, Ian Gunning added: “Raising money for worthwhile charities like MND Scotland is an important part of Freemasonry and we were extremely pleased to be able to make this donation”