The 1st Wendouree Scout Group is now able to complete a much needed upgrade to their kitchen in the scout call, thanks to funding from Guiding Star Lodge and Freemasons Foundation Victoria.
1st Wendouree Scout Group Quartermaster Mark Kennedy said the Scout Group was thrilled to finally be able to complete the works.
About four years ago, the Group had received funding to extend the hall, upgrade the kitchen and improve the facilities.
Unfortunately during the construction, they ran short of money and the kitchen was not installed and the painting in the extension was not completed.
Mr Kennedy, a former member of Guiding Star Lodge, approached a Lodge Member who is a painter who agreed to help out and his team painted part of the extension.
“This was a tremendous lift and as a part of that he suggested that Guiding Star Lodge apply for a grant from Freemasons Foundation Victoria for funding” Mr Kennedy said.
“So the Lodge put up $2500 and applied to Freemasons Victoria for a dollar for dollar grant, which they agreed to.
“We weren't expecting anything really and the $2500 that the Lodge would commit to we thought was wonderful, and then they turned up with two cheques totaling $5000”
At the same time the 1st Wendouree Scout Group applied for a federal government grant through the Stronger Communities Programme and was very successful.
“So between the very generous support of the Freemasons, particularly the Guiding Star Lodge, and our good luck in achieving the Commonwealth grant, we will be able to finish the kitchen and also as part of that there is a perennial fault in the design of the hall where it floods, so we will be able to seal the exterior and stop that” Mr Kennedy said.
“The ultimate goal is to make the hall available for local groups to use.”
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