Lodge presents charity cheques

Robert Stewart, Wendy Nesbit, Norman Thomson and Bill Logan
Robert Stewart, Wendy Nesbit, Norman Thomson and Bill Logan

On Saturday, 13th August, Lodge Girvan St Johns’ held their annual barbeque and Charity cheque presentations.

Over 50 brethren and family with invited guests enjoy the day.

Right Worshipful Master Bro Norman Thomson made cheque presentations to Bill Logan of Z1 Youth Trust and Wendy Dewar of the Little Arts School.

The money had been raised when Lodge Stranraer, Kilwinning No 208 joined with the brethren of Girvan in an afternoon of fund raising and degree work back in May.

Wendy Dewar in accepting the cheque said for £350,

The Little Art School Trust is a Registered Scottish Charity which evolved as a result of acknowledging that by using art we can make a big difference in the lives of the vulnerable and isolated living in our community.

We currently run 2 projects in Girvan; Drawing Together, a studio based art class for people with Dementia and their carers and Art in a Suitcase which is delivered to Ainslie Manor Nursing Home twice a month. Through coming to these classes, individuals have increased their social interaction, developed confidence and concentration as well as producing wonderful pieces of art work.

Art really is making a difference to the lives of these people.

The other charity to receive a cheque was Girvan Youth Trust and they have been working in Girvan for the past 17 years with young people who are at risk and/or disadvantaged through personal circumstances or social and rural exclusion.

The Trust provides opportunities for these young people through the full time provision of the Z1 Youth Bar; their very own 21st century, multi-functional dedicated youth facility and ancillary programmes of diversionary activities and support services.

The Trust currently engages with and supports, in excess of 200 local young people, including 40 with additional support needs.

Girvan Youth Trust, our youth work and support services are very much dependent on the excellent and valued financial and material support that is extended to us by local organisations and the local public…We therefore thank St John’s Lodge for sharing our vision in local youth work….The £350 will be used to co-fund our ‘A Day at the Seaside,

A Lifelong Memory’ summer programme of music and entertainment for local and visiting families on Girvan Esplanade.

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