Its my pleasuere as Worshipful Master to give you all an update as to what DORIC has been doing while we have not been able to meet in person.
Doric Lodge asked Tanja who is the coordinator for the SCHAKI self-help group in the local Osnabrück region to ask the group what sort of things the families (kids) needed to make their life better. Well, Tanja didn’t disappoint. She gave us a wishlist which made the Charity Steward pull out his hair at the length of it…..HOWEVER, after his marathon sittings in front of the computer ordering and paying, I can safely say his garage resembled something like an Amazon goods warehouse. All wishes were fulfilled. Things included big bean bags to fall into. Office stools which are ergonomic in that it helps the kids sit upright. Plates at an angle so that you only need a spoon to eat with. More swim vests as the first lot were a huge hit. What did amaze me is that there were a few left-hand rulers, one-handed nail clippers (by that mean if you ONLY have one hand you can still use them), one handed scissors (yes, they are a thing, just like the one handed nail clippers if you only have the use of one hand).
There were of course many more items on the list to make lives easier. These have been given out to the families by Tanja over the past week on our behalf. It is SCHAKI and DORICS plan to have a massive get-together once the current climate allows us to.
Yesterday, Sunday the 23rd, there was a little presentation made. Ben recieved his trike and at the same time DORIC slipped in a few banners to “promote” what we as Freemasons do best. Charity.
None of these charity donations would have been made possible with out the donation of €6000 from Phoenix Lodge 847 in Berlin. They donated the money with the remit that we use it exclusivly for SCHAKI. We are very grateful for the donation and it is my hope, I get to Phoneix lodge in Berlin to thank them in person.