The Grand Lodge of Liberia has made a major donation of food items to the National Task Force on Ebola and a number of medical institutions in the country as part of its charity outreach to assist in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
In an impressive ceremony at the Grand Masonic Temple at West Benson Street, the Grand Lodge, joined by the General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, presented 175 bags of rice, 200 quarts of cooking oil, 3,000 bottles of mineral water, 1,000 packs of cream crackers, and 1,200 bottles of mixed juices.
The donation was made to seven medical institutions and ambulance crews that are in the front line of the fight against the Ebola virus. They include, Redemption Hospital, SOS Hospital, Harbel Medical Center, Tubmanburg Medical Center, Phebe Hospital & Ebola Containment Center, JFK Hospital & Ebola Containment Center, ELWA Hospital & Ebola Containment Center, and Ebola Ambulance personnel in Monrovia.
The Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful, Brother Anthony W. Deline, speaking on behalf of the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother James E. Pierre, said that the Grand Lodge of Liberia was using its charity program to target persons working in the medical sector, including doctors, nurses and operators of ambulances, who are in the front line of the fight against EBOLA.
The rice and cooking oil are intended for the medical workers, while the cream crackers, juices and mineral water are intended for patients who are being treated for the Ebola virus in the containment centers.
Also making remarks was the General Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Worthy Sister Patricia Mcintosh, who said that the sisters of the Fraternity were happy to identify with the charity donation because the key purpose of the Eastern Star is Charity and love for humanity.
During the program, Hon. Mary Broh, Director General of the General Services Agency, Hon. Clara Doe, Mayor of the City Corporation of Monrovia and Hon. Saah Joseph, Member of the House of Representatives made remarks. They all praised the efforts of the Grand Lodge and said that the charity’s efforts will go a long way to dispel negative sentiments about the fraternity.
The Grand Lodge of Liberia is the oldest Masonic body in Africa, having been founded in 1867, while the
General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star was founded in 1903. The Grand Lodge is the Governing body for 19 subordinate Lodges spread in various counties throughout the country while the
General Grand Chapter is the governing body for the Order of the Eastern Star, the female branch of the Grand Lodge with 16 Subordinate Chapters throughout Liberia.
The key function of the fraternity is charity to orphanage homes, the elderly, and scholarship programs and to attend to the needs of widows, and persons in distress.
Meanwhile, the Ebola Charity Committee of the Lodge has also extended its humanitarian services to Grand Bassa, Bong and Nimba Counties.