The Birmingham Children’s Hospital has benefited to the extent of £2,500, by the generosity of the Lodge of Service above Self No 9421, and in particular by the efforts of W Bro Pinder Talafair, the Lodge’s remarkable Charity Steward. He has been supported greatly by W Bro Martin Burton M.B.E., PProvJGW, and the other members of the Lodge.
The sum of £2,500 was raised chiefly at a community fund raising event held in a Sports Pavilion in Handsworth in September 2017. The money was raised for the Oncology Ward at the Children’s Hospital Birmingham. Organised by W Bro Pinder Talafair under the banner of “Lodge of Service Above Self “, the event was supported by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Mike Leddy, with great support from Lodge members and the Indian Community.
Amongst the star prizes were Boxing gloves autographed by Sir Henry Cooper and donated by the WM, W Bro Martin Burton, M B E, and an Afternoon Tea with the Lord Mayor, donated by the Deputy Lord Mayor. There were many other Auction and Raffle prizes obtained by W Bro Talafair from the Community and his own remarkable resources.
Apart from fund raising, the evening included a lavish Indian banquet and live music provided by an Indian Violinist. A thoroughly enjoyable evening which amply demonstrated Masonic involvement and activities in the community.
W Bro Martin Burton, received his MBE in recognition of over 20 years as a chairman of the Lord Mayor’s charity, which donates funds raised in Birmingham & the West Midlands as nominated by successive Lord Mayors in office. In that capacity, he was able to secure the attendance of the Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Underwood, who is pictured below with Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. On the left is W Bro Martin Burton, M B E, and on the right W Bro Pinder Talafair.
Whilst at the hospital, the group met staff at the Oncology Ward, which will benefit from the Lodge’s efforts.
It was pleasing to see again, the “100 Heroes” balloon on the wall in the reception area, which the Province was awarded for three years running, to mark the donations to the hospital as part of the “Famous Five” initiative. A further donation to be made shortly, will (we hope) ensure the status for at least a further year,