Port Elgin Masonic Temple #429 has made a five-year $10,000 commitment to Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation.
On Friday, Tom Boulding, Masonic Lodge Master presented the first instalment in the amount of $2,000. Boulding said the funds are raised through their monthly meeting dues and also from events such as the Lodge’s Superbowl fundraising party.
“We all need our hospital in our community as we are all getting a little older,” said Boulding. “The hospital and the CHIP program are the two primary local fundraising endeavors that the Masons are now supporting.”
The CHIP program (Child Identification Program) uses modern, police-approved techniques to create a child identification kit and is brought exclusively to families by dedicated Masons and their volunteers, free of charge.
Foundation Chair, Mary Jo Arnett, accepted the donation and said that the community is wonderful. “Every time a call goes out for equipment needs, the community and service clubs and organizations, such as the Masons, come forward.”