Duke of Kent praises Freemasons
Posted by Jack Abell on Aug 31, 10 10:18 AM in Good Causes
BEACONSFIELD Freemasons have won the royal seal of approval for encouraging youngsters to do community work in the area.
The Duke of Kent paid tribute to 28 groups at the Masonic Centre in Windsor End, Beaconsfield, who had encouraged teenagers to care for others in the ihelp project.
The scheme provides around £14,000 in prize money for youths who give up their time to help others.
The Duke, who is the head of Freemasonry in England Wales, met Buckinghamshire Freemasons during a private visit to Stoke Place, Stoke Poges, where he was briefed on how initiatives are giving the order a higher profile in the community.
He said: "I have been very impressed by all that you do. It is important to channel the energies of young people into helping others.
"And it is vital to explain freemasonry's ideals of friendship, decency and charity to a wider community.
"The ihelp project is clearly achieving all those objectives. I congratulate you all."
He also praised a group of Masonic cyclists who raise more than £50,000 for good causes in a marathon trek from Gibraltar to Bucks.