Each Province is asked once in every 11 years to collect funds for the Masonic Charitable foundation. The Festival System in English Freemasonry has been developed to rotate specific fund raising evenly around the Provinces. There are 44 provinces that follow this festival cycle supporting the MCF. Previously, each Province supported the four individual Masonic Charities that combined to form the MCF.
A Festival Appeal is designed to last for five years or so, and we have the advantage of knowing in advance when our Festival will end and which charity we will be supporting, which enables us to plan in advance. It is then up to the Provincial Grand Master to decide when we start and that has been decided as 2018, giving us a five year festival.
We have the privilege of being one of the first Provinces to raise funds in the name of the newly formed MCF. Our Lodges’ charitable actions will need to be directed towards the Festival to ensure a successful outcome. We are not asking you to stop your other charitable work which, as Masons, we do so well in supporting, but are asking you to focus your main efforts in supporting the charity which supports us so well.