The Worshipful Master of Kynaston Lodge No.5810, W.Bro. John Creek came up with a novel solution to continue with charity fund-raising during the current Covid19 crisis.
The inspiration for a virtual raffle came to him when it was proposed by W.Bro. Brian Elliott that he set up a Whats App group to keep the Brethren of the lodge in touch with each other during these difficult times. For the younger generation this was not an unknown concept but the addition of members was far reaching and has subsequently shown that with a little guidance new innovations can be all-inclusive.
Although it was identified that there were some, who would not be able to join this group a letter was sent to them instead to keep in touch. From this it seemed logical that under the right circumstances we could hold a raffle. All the prizes were gifted to the event and then sealed inside clear plastic bags for 7 days prior to the draw. The draw took place on the afternoon of the 14th April and was due to be videoed and distributed to members. Unfortunately, the technical side of this fell a bit flat (the phone fell over !!). There were 41 prizes in total including a box containing a “isolation survival kit” and a “manual on seamanship 1937” and several bottles and other items. Distribution of the prizes to the lucky winners will take place after lock down has finished.
A wonderful total of £485.00 was raised and it was decided that this will be going to the Covid19 emergency fund that was announced by UGLE and the MCF on the morning of the 14th.