MSL Club Charity Fundraiser
Opening speech by Bro. Andrew Gleeson
Who is MSL Club?
“The MSL Club is a four-day non-residential camp for children between years 1 to 8 with, or at risk of, reading and spelling difficulties, most of whom have dyslexia diagnoses.
The idea for the MSL Club started back in 2016 when Kate’s son asked her, “Why am I the only dyslexic child at school?”
In January 2017 the first camp was held on the generously donated grounds of St Joan of Arc Primary School in Brighton. The hope was for 30 students. The four-day camp was attended by 97.
In 2018 all spots were filled in less than 24 hours. The camp was attended by 134, with my eldest daughter being one of them.
What does the camp involve? Children are placed into small study groups for the duration of the four days.
In the mornings, sessions involve an intensive structured literacy intervention for 2-3 hours. These sessions are run by experienced teachers and therapists with Multisensory Structured Learning training (MSL training). In the afternoon, the kids take part in a variety of fun activities designed to build relationships and confidence.
Parents and teaching professionals are also catered for with full day professional development and informational courses that run parallel to the children’s day camp.
The upcoming 2019 camp was booked out within 1.5 hours of registrations opening and a substantial waiting list soon followed. The past successes of the MSL Club will see a number of families travelling from regional areas of Victoria to attend this year, and a handful even from interstate.
As well as covering literacy, the 2019 camp will also see the introduction of sessions for children who have a specific learning disability in numeracy. External to the summer camp, MSL Club also offers a number of scholarships throughout the year for teachers to learn methods for effectively supporting students with specific learning disabilities in literacy and numeracy. Freemasons South East is very proud to support the positive work of MSL Club and we encourage you to dig deep, for what I’m sure you will all agree on, is a very worthy cause.”
The was a success thanks to the planning committee consisting of RWBro. Denis Henry, WBro. Mike Jenner, WBro. Giorgio Migliaccio and Bro. Andrew Gleeson. Those who assisted included Jill Henry, RWBro. Tom Henry, WBro. Tom Porteous, WBro. Rob and Faye Thornton, Michele Migliaccio and Nicole Gleeson. Entertainment was provided by The Kingpins and the evening raised $5,000 for the MSL Club.
We thank the following organisations who supported this wonderful evening of charity and entertainment:
- Bendigo Bank
- Bunnings Keysborough
- Mitre 10 Chelsea Heights
- Keysborough Golf Club
- Dan Murphy’s Frankston
- Officeworks Frankston
- Mornington Railway Preservation Society
- Marshere Dance Studio – Cranbourne
- Smarter Electrical Solutions
- Lynbrook Fine Meats and Poultry
- South Eastern Masonic South Club
- Mordialloc Lodge of Charity No. 258
- Keysborough Lodge No. 912
- The Spring Vale Lodge No. 389
- Freemasons South East
- South Eastern Masonic District