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OrangeAid Lifesaver launched by Essex Masons

OrangeAid, a 2005 fund raising initiative by Essex Freemasons and involving their friends and families, to purchase a new "D" Class inflatable inshore Lifeboat for the R.N.L.I., will conclude in June.
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Called OrangeAid after the vivid colours worn by R.N.L.I. rescuers, a target of £25,000 has been set, to be raised by a series of "Fun Events" across the County. A bright new OrangeAid logo has also been adopted to support the campaign.

The programme will culminate in a series of fund raising happenings and occasions at 26 different Masonic locations on June 3rd, 4th and 5th as part of Essex Freemasonry’s continued commitment to the community.

The events will be co-ordinated by members of Essex Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge following the decision by the current master Chris Williams to adopt the charity during his year.

Event Co-ordinator Neil Beverley commented: "There is a real need for replacement lifeboats. Locally, Southend on Sea is one of the busiest areas in the country for rescues and plays a vital role in helping to save lives. We are naturally proud to be involved.

"It also gives us the opportunity to show the community what Freemasonry is about, an organisation with many historic traditions but equally capable of raising large sums of money with members enjoying themselves while doing it. There is no intention to put any pressure on individual lodges which have responded magnificiently to other recent appeals. This all about masons and their friends and families coming together to raise money for a good cause."

Fund raising will be concentrated in the towns where Freemasons meet, allowing the public to also visit Masonic Centres, ask questions about masonry and if they wish, to take part in some of the planned events.
A local co-ordinator has been appointed to cover each of 26 Essex towns and will be responsible for suggesting, organising and arranging events – everything from sponsored walks to world record attempts. It’s down to local masons and local people to literally " do their own thing."

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