Medical Breakthrough for Multiple Sclerosis
On 14 November 2011, it was announced that trials into a new drug, alemtuzumab, have been successful - a significant development for those suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS).
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity gave £100,000 towards this research in 2010, at the
Further information can be seen here.
The next Mentor's workshop will be held at The Clarendon Suites, Stirling Road, Edgbaston B16 9SB on Wednesday 22nd November. It starts at 6.30pm and Barbara in the Provincial office is collating names on behalf of the Provincial Grand Mentor, W Bro Stuart Esworthy.
There will be a full mentoring seminar early next year.
More Support for Haiti
Following the January 2010 earthquake, in which an estimated 230,000 people were killed and over 300,000 injured, emergency grants and the proceeds from a Relief Chest opened by the Council of the Grand Charity, totalled £123,000. The Chest, which has now closed, is helping to fund the re-building of a school in Leogane.
A separate appeal was also launched by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire, raising £15,650, which has been donated to the British Red Cross to help them with their work in Haiti.
The Freemasons' Grand Charity has subsequently donated £25,000 to the British Red Cross, funding supplies to combat the cholera epidemic that is taking hold in Haiti.
Because of the devastating earthquake, over a million people in Haiti have been living in make-shift camps. These difficult living conditions have resulted in the country's first cholera outbreak in over a hundred years, due to a lack of decent sanitation facilities and access to clean drinking water. The UN announced that over 28,000 people in Haiti are now being treated for cholera symptoms and it is estimated that close to 2,000 people have already died. The death toll is expected to rise until the situation can be brought under control. Since cholera broke out in mid-October it has spread much faster than predicted and is likely to affect hundreds of thousands of people, according to the UN.
Cholera is caused by contaminated water or food and frequently occurs following a natural disaster. It is an intestinal infection that causes diarrhoea, vomiting and severe dehydration and can very quickly lead to death if left untreated.
A severe shortage of supplies is said to be hampering aid efforts and doctors and nurses are being overwhelmed with requests for help. The Grand Charity's donation will provide hygiene and sanitation packs, which the Red Cross will distribute to help stop the spread of the disease.
For further information about the work of the Freemasons' Grand Charity, visit their updated website, which delivers a fresh and modern feel whilst introducing great functionality and improved content. www.grandcharity.org
Our congratulations go to W Bros Peter Sorrill and Les Long, who will be invested as Provincial Senior and Junior Grand Wardens respectively, at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on Saturday 21st May 2011
New Year's Honour
Our congratulations go to W Bro David C Roy, Senior Past Master of Barnard Lodge 5100 and Senior Past Principal of Amity Chapter 3845, who has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to the community in the West Midlands.
David Roy when Lord Mayor
David, who was born and educated in the Isle of Wight, became a long-serving Councillor for the Vesey Ward of Sutton Coldfield, and was Chairman of Birmingham's Planning Committee when he retired in April 2008. He was Lord Mayor of the City of Birmingham in 1995 and is a past Chancellor of the University of Central England, a Freeman of the City of London, an Honorary Alderman of the City of Birmingham and a lay member of the Council of the University of Birmingham.