ISSUE 12, January 2005

Kitchener of Khartoum: Mason extraordinary
Travel: Where east meets west
Veteran Honoured: Old soldier remembered
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part 1
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principal and, Report of the Committee of General Purposes
  Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London: London's first consecration
Soccer: Man in the Middle
Wales: Joseph Parry - flawed genius?
Library & Museum: Donations gather pace
Education: Dates for your diary and, Planning a 'white table' and, Looking to the future and, Time marches on
Grand Charity: General meeting and non-Masonic grant list
Masonic Charities: Reports from the four main charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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The Grand Charity donates 1m to male cancer research
This year The Grand Charity made its largest-ever single grant of 1 million to The Institute of Cancer Research for research into prostate and testicular cancers.
     100,000 will be paid to the Institute each year for the next ten years and will fund the salary of the head of the research centre. The position will be known as The Grand Charity of Freemasons' Chair of Molecular Biology during the period of The Grand Charity's funding.
     The present holder of the post, Professor Colin Cooper, said: "This is an extremely generous donation by the Freemasons' Grand Charity and we are delighted with their support.
     "There is still so much we need to know about prostate and testicular cancer and this money will provide vital funds that will help us to continue our work over the next ten years."
     Professor Cooper addressed The Grand Charity's General Meeting in Birmingham on 16th October 2004. The following is an extract from his speech:
     "Prostate cancer is the commonest cancer in men in the UK. About 27,000 men are diagnosed each year. A fundamental problem exists in that it is not possible to predict how early prostate cancer, which is still localised to the prostate (for example, detected by the PSA blood test), will behave.
     "Some cases may remain dormant for many years without progressing (the pussycats) while others will progress rapidly to malignancy (the tigers).
     "Doctors need to identify the patients who must be treated, and separate them from those patients who can be managed by active surveillance, thus sparing the latter from the adverse consequences of unnecessary treatment, including impotence in a high proportion of cases. In short a tiger/pussycat test is needed.
     "My team has already made a recent breakthrough with a discovery of a prostate gene called E2F3. This is an important observation, and with the aid of support from the Grand Charity, we are now assessing whether E2F3 can be used as the elusive tiger/pussycat test."
     The Grand Charity has now given over 3.2 million to various cancer charities. Previous grants include 500,000 to each of Macmillan Cancer Relief and Beating Bowel Cancer, 446,000 to Sargent Cancer Care, 373,278 to Cancer Research UK and over 100,000 to each of the Institute of Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Campaign.
     The payment of 1 million to a single organisation is unprecedented and will make a significant difference to the work of the Institute of Cancer Research.
     The Grand Charity hopes that Professor Cooper's team will quickly progress its understanding of the causes and treatment of testicular and prostate cancer and will make more important discoveries during the funding period.

Launch of Gift Aid Envelope Scheme
The Grand Charity has launched a Gift Aid Envelope Scheme for the Relief Chest Fund and the Grand Charity General Fund so that tax relief can be claimed on donations made to alms collections, festive boards and ladies nights etc.
     Using Gift Aid Envelopes means that for every 1 donated, the charity receives an extra 28 pence from the Inland Revenue. The donors are getting more for their charitable donations at no extra cost to them and charities benefit.
     To find out more about how the scheme works, contact the Grand Charity Relief Chest office on 020 7395 9246.
     A separate envelope is also available for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB), which also attracts the tax relief. The envelopes are free and are available by contacting the Trust directly on 0207 405 2644. Guidance notes are available to assist the Lodge representative to return the envelopes and donations in the correct way to the Trust.
     Also, remember that higher rate taxpayers can nominate the RMTGB to receive the higher rate tax relief available by entering its unique code VAE64 YG when completing their tax return. The special code for the Grand Charity for higher rate taxpayers is PAK03BG.


Professor Colin Cooper heads research

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