Cowra Freemasons provide generous donation to Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre

Cowra Masonic Lodge's Worshipful Master Geoff Baker and secretary Richard Bourne with Fran Stead, Marion Speechley and Brock Dalton from CINC.
Cowra Masonic Lodge's Worshipful Master Geoff Baker and secretary Richard Bourne with Fran Stead, Marion Speechley and Brock Dalton from CINC.

Despite the difficult times brought on by COVID-19, Cowra Lodge has provided a very generous donation to the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre (CINC).

While the pandemic may have temporarily halted their fundraising efforts, the group presented a $6000 cheque to CINC last Monday.

Secretary of Cowra Lodge, Richard Bourne, said CINC was a 'very worthy recipient'.

"Cowra Lodge, along with Masonicare, which is our charitable arm of Freemasons, we pick a recipient," Mr Bourne said.

"Masonicare will put in the same amount of money, up to $3000. So we figure $3000 is a good amount of money to go for.

"They [CINC] do a lot of good work in the community."

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While it normally takes the Lodge around eight months to raise the money, COVID-19 has affected the group's ability to fundraise.

Previously organisations such as Cowra Community Chest and Cowra Riding for the Disabled have been recipients of the funding.

"We go and do Bunnings barbecues and make money for a local community group," Mr Bourne said.

"Unfortunately this time it's taken us about three years to do because of COVID.

"Over the last couple of years, we've donated over $20,000 for the community."

CINC CEO, Fran Stead, thanked the Lodge for their generousity and said the donation would be used across a number of the centre's programs.

"That's a lot of money, that's a lot of sausages and for us to receive that $6000... there was not one specific thing that we were going to do with that, we were spreading it throughout the organisation so, as with our community, all of the different areas will benefit from that," she said.

"So one of the things we do know, it's going to buy us a trampoline for up at Stewart Street... some of the money will then also go to the community Christmas lunch."

Mrs Stead also praised the efforts of her staff, who assisted the Masons in manning the barbecues at Bunnings.

"People don't realise that the staff actually also contribute to that," she said.

"For us, we got to know more about the Masonic Hall and what these guys do for our community."

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