As a fundamental tenet of Freemasonry, charity is very close to the heart of the Connaught Club and all our members. Since 2010, an annual event has been organised for Club members to take part in, raising sponsorship for good causes.
In order to maximise our giving, the Club’s charitable efforts are closely linked with those of our Lodge; Burgoyne No. 902. Funds raised are passed to charities through the Lodge’s Relief Chest and our efforts so far have made Burgoyne both:
Recipient of the Metropolitan Grand Master’s Silver Award for the London Appeal in aid of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Grand Patron of the Metropolitan Masonic Charity
Crossing to Connaught 2013
To complete our triathlon of events, in 2013 we swam the Irish sea (or the equivalent thereof in London Fields Lido) and raised £5,000 for the Metropolitan Masonic Charity in the process. In relay, we swam 56 miles (simulating Holyhead to Dublin), and over 1000 lengths of the 50 metre pool.
We thank all those who donated and who swam in the name of a good cause. To read more about our swim, please click here.
Operation Freewheel and Accord 2011
From two feet to two wheels, our 2011 charity challenge was to visit every Masonic Centre in the Metropolitan Grand Lodge area by bicycle. Our 50 mile tour took us from Ealing to Southgate then through the city to Penge before coming back to the west end. After a gruelling ride in very damp conditions the team finished at Freemasons’ Hall where the Metropolitan Grand Master greeted them in appropriate fashion – with burgers, chips and beers!
The cycle ride raised a further £3,500 for the Metropolitan Masonic Charity CyberKnife Appeal.
British London 10K Run 2010
Our first foray in to the charity challenge arena saw eight hearty Connaught Club members run in the British London 10K through London. Taking in landmarks such as St James’s Palace and Westminster Abbey, the team roared home in very respectable times, cheered on by fellow club members and the other thousands of spectators.
As a result the club was able to donate £2,500 to the Metropolitan Masonic Charity CyberKnife Appeal which was presented to the Metropolitan Grand Charity Steward at the October 2010 meeting of Burgoyne Lodge.