Dear Friends,

Following the recent Thames To Change charity appeal, where the Club supported Rethink Mental Illness, the Club have nominated Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust as the subject of our next appeal – Bros for Jo’s.

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Jo’s Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. The charity was actually set up by my wife’s father in 1999 following the death of her mother from cervical cancer at the age of 40. Since its foundation, the charity has grown into a major national charity which now sets its sights on actually eradicating cervical cancer altogether. Since I met my wife, I have been amazed to learn how common cervical abnormalities are among women, how the disease is treatable if caught early, and that so many womengo untreated because they are either unaware or embarrassed to seek help.

The work of Jo’s Trust has many parallels with Freemasonry in that it provides a support mechanism for woman (and families) who have been effected by cervical cancer. Just as campaigns such as Movember have removed the stigma from prostate cancer, Jo’s Trust aims to remove the stigma and raise awareness of cervical cancer. Along with being a worthwhile cause, I feel that by supporting a women’s charity we are acknowledging our mothers, wives and girlfriends who have supported us in all that we do. 

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The Club will be collecting for the Bros for Jo’s appeal throughout the year at our events, and part of the ticket sales for our spectacular “300 Ball” will be donated to the appeal.

As well as raising money by attending events, I invite you to purchase one of our very attractive lapel pins which have been specifically designed for the Bros for Jo’s Appeal. The pin design is based on the masonic square and compasses emblem, with the reference to the compasses being formed by a pink ribbon, which is the emblem of Jo’s Trust.

All profits generated from the sale of these pins will be donated to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust who provide advice, support and research to those affected by cervical cancer. The young men of the Connaught Club are doing all they can to eradicate cervical cancer, the most common cancer in women under the age of 35 – so please support us.

Thank you for considering this message and continued support.

Yours fraternally & faithfully,

Lewis Clement
Connaught Club Chairman
January 2017

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