Photo, from left to right: Doug Sowden, District Deputy Grand Master; Alan Cross, Grand Master of BC & Yukon; Maeve O’Byrne, Hospital Foundation; Sue Stone, Palliative Care Unit at NRGH.
The world’s oldest and largest fraternity recently stopped by Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) to present a substantial donation to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for the Palliative Care Unit. The Masonic Foundation gave $10,000 to the end-of-life Unit. Alan Cross, Grand Master of the Freemasons of British Columbia and Yukon, and Chairman of Finance, praised the Unit “for serving several Members with dignity and respect.” Freemasonry is described as “a group of men who have dedicated their lives to becoming better men and making their community a better place.” There are more than 9,500 Freemasons in BC and the Yukon and 350 in the Nanaimo area.
Maeve O’Byrne, Foundation President, said “it is with gratitude that the Foundation receives such a generous gift from the Freemasons, their contribution is heartfelt and will help the Palliative Unit grow into the future.” The Foundation is on the homestretch to completing their $2.3 million pledge to help fund the majority of renovations in the new Palliative Care Unit at NRGH, which opened in September 2008. Since that time hundreds of families have sought comfort and respite during difficult times.