Quality education aims to ensure the development of a fully-rounded human being. It is one of the most powerful tools in lifting socially excluded children and adults out of poverty and into society. According to UNESCO, if all adults completed secondary education, globally the number of poor people could be reduced by more than half.
“After the successful launch of the Joseph William Yee Eu Foundation in Malaysia by the District Grand Lodge of the Eastern Archipelago (DGLEA), it was resolved that DGLEA should establish a Masonic Charitable Fund in Singapore to assist worthy students with their educational needs.
How glad am I that this has now come to fruition with the formal launch of the Masonic Charity Fund on 8th June 2019 by the Singapore Minister of Law, Mr Shanmugam together with our Assistant Grand Master Sir David Hugh Wutton.
Since the very start , the Fund has been blessed with generous donations from DGLEA and well -wishers and with the energetic team of Trustees headed by their current President, Dr Brian Shegar, the Fund is well poised to grow from strength to strength. Active disbursement of Bursary awards have already commenced. In its formative years, the Fund was lead by non other than Rtd. Justice Rubin Mohideen who gave it the much desired boost off the starting block.
It is important for us to always remember that we should find some way to give back to the communities from which we draw our strength. To this end, I am heartened by the work entered into by this Fund and look forward to its tremendous contribution through the years to come. I have no doubt that the Fund will play a positive role in the lives of the students in Singapore in providing a gentle and uplifting breeze in support of their aspirations.
“Charity is a cornerstone of Freemasonry. This is ingrained in a Freemason from the moment he joins the fraternity. Thus, individually and through their respective lodges, Masons have been generous in supporting a myriad of deserving causes. During Singapore’s Bicentenary celebration in 2019, the District Grand Lodge of the Eastern Archipelago announced the establishment of the Masonic Charitable Fund[MCF] to project our Charitable activities on a national scale with a specific focus on supporting the Education sector. This is indeed a milestone for Freemasonry in Singapore. The MCF intends to play an active role in providing financial assistance to deserving students across a wide cross -section of educational institutions and other related causes.”