July 24th 2021 would have seen us celebrating the culmination of 5 years of fundraising on behalf of the RMTGB, now the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
The plan was to have the big reveal of the final sums raised as part of our Festival Finale Event to be held at Wynyard Hall, surrounded by our members and their families.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has effectively put paid to any such plans for this year.
Our thoughts must remain with our number one priority which is the safety and wellbeing of our members and their families as well as those who have been so terribly affected by this awful virus.
We will however celebrate the efforts of all of those involved in the summer of 2022 when, hopefully we will be in a much better situation.
Plans for our spectacular finale are already well in hand. In the meantime, this video presentation has been prepared to mark the end of our festival fundraising period and to recognise a job very well done.
More importantly to confirm an unbelievably magnificent sum of .....Watch the video!
Despite the pandemic, the generosity of the members of our Province and their friends and families has continued unabated. It has been humbling to witness the continued efforts of our members and their support for the very last Festival to support the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and ultimately the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
I am taking this opportunity to express my personal appreciation and congratulations to all of you. I am proud to be involved with Durham Province in this celebration of what you have raised for our national charity. You and your families should also be very proud of what has been achieved.
Hopefully, as things start to return to some sort of normality, I look forward to being able to express to you personally my immense appreciation for this magnificent achievement.
THANKYOU and BE PROUD of what you have achieved
Sincerely and Fraternally
John Arthur ProvGM / GSup
2021 Festival President