The Province of Herefordshire has just finished the 2020 Festival, which was a five-year fundraising programme in favour of the Masonic Charity Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons Charity. The 2020 Festival was officially launched in 2015 and ended in 2020. It set out to raise a total of £300,000 for the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF). A target which the Herefordshire Freemason managed to exceed with a significant amount of hard work and dedication by raising a staggering £441,421. Watch the Festival Finale Film below to see how the Herefordshire Freemasons raised the money for this good cause.
The Festival was originally set up to raise funds for the Masonic Samaritan Fund, which, besides supporting members and their families in time of need, also makes substantial grants to community causes, especially medical research. Although the Masonic Samaritan Fund has since been subsumed into the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the new charity which has taken on the activities of the formerly separate Masonic charities, funds raised will be ring-fenced and applied for the same purposes as those covered by the Masonic Samaritan Fund.