Since 2005 we have successfully evolved from a singular activity to a forward-looking philanthropic entity, retaining our Masonic traditions of care and welfare. While retaining a strong core of assistance to the aged we have spread our benevolence across a wide range of needs in the community.
||For example the Foundation is a major funder of research at the Medical & Health Sciences Faculty of the University of Auckland where Chairs in both Geriatrics and Neurosurgery carry the Freemasons name. Major grants in recent times to the University, in collaboration with The Freemasons Charity of Freemasons New Zealand, include those to the Centre for Brain Research and to the Department of Ophthalmology. In higher education we fund the Rutherford Foundation’s Freemasons Post-Doctoral Fellowship. We were founding sponsors of the Middlemore Tissue Bank. The Bank has now been taken under the wings of the University.|
||Assistance to the community in the area of health includes those to Alzheimers New Zealand, Macular Degeneration New Zealand, National Foundation for the Deaf, and numerous others.A number of Hospices in the Northern area have also received our support. Extending our care into the younger end of the community has been achieved in both health and the arts. We support Camp Quality, the annual camp for kids with cancer and help to decorate the Kids First Hospital at Middlemore at Christmas.|
||For several years we have sponsored New Zealand Opera’s programme for training emerging young singers. This has given young talent the opportunity to study and develop to the highest levels. Singers are mentored and coached to the highest levels. Our assistance for the annual Opera School in Wanganui provides further support. This year our support has been extended to the Opera Chorus.|
||We have invested too in the training of young orchestral players by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. They get access to the professionals, attend rehearsals and meet visiting artists, providing advanced study that might mean they one day achieve their own career in music. We believe the arts have a benefit to our society that deserves to be encouraged.|
|In May 2015 we were a major partner of the Schools Programme of the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival. The Festival’s two-day schools’ programme sold out very quickly. The Festival is committed to introducing a love of books and reading to the next generation. It keeps student costs to a minimum, and it contributes more than $16,000 to a transport fund, giving low decile schools and those from outside of Auckland a chance to attend. Children clambered and hollered in excitement at the David Walliams and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants’) performances, then queued patiently for more than two hours to get their books signed.|
We have diversified without losing the strong connection with our roots. Our Masonic principles and traditions are our guide.