Generally, at this kind of event, recipient organisations give ‘thank you’ speeches on receiving a donation and there is little, if any, personal contact with the final beneficiaries.
At Wamberal Surf Club, that format was ‘turned on its head’ somewhat with Freemasons on the Central Coast (FotCC) asking recipient organisations to bring along one of their beneficiaries to receive the donation on their behalf. This provided a wonderful opportunity for all present to hear first-hand accounts – and gain a real understanding – of the impact and outcomes of their fundraising.
FotCC, along with the six associated masonic lodges of District 21, were donating to two organisations who receive little or no government funding. Central Coast Kids In Need (CCKIN) and Save Our Kids from Suicide (SOKS), a project of the Rotary Club of Gosford North, both received a donation of $3,000. This takes the total donated by FotCC to approximately $30,300 for CCKIN, and $52,300 for SOKS.