The District Grand Lodge Scottish Constitution–Sierra Leone and The Gambia, on Friday made a Le 1.5 million presentation for the development of the School for Deaf and Dumb at Wilkinson Road in Freetown.
In his opening statement, the district grand secretary, Walter J Wilson accentuated that, “we are happy to be in your midst to show how much love we have for you.”
He disclosed that the venture was being facilitated by the district grand master, Dr Victor Robertson Willoughby, as he believed in helping people in distress.
Mr Wilson heightened that, “Sierra Leone is not the only beneficiary country of such a charitable gesture”, noting that the school for the visually impaired in The Gambia had been recipient as well.
In his statement before handing over the cheque, Dr Willoughby stated that, “we come from a lodge of free masons, adding that “this is an organization in which one of the things we do is to give help.”
Every year, he said, “we find places like the school for the blind where we give support to help the institution.”
The grand master stated that, “we believe young men and women like you would need support from every Sierra Leonean who is more fortunate.”
He pointed out that there were financial constraints in every sector of the society, noting that it was worst in institutions like theirs.
The grand master assured them that “as masons we are prepared to help you anytime you call on us to render much needed assistance.”
Murmuring and clapping engulfed the diminutive square classroom at the school of Deaf and Dumb, as the interpreter translated in a sign language that the grand master had handed over the cheque to the acting head teacher, Winifred Clarkson.
Ms. Clarkson stated that the money would be paid into the school’s account for the development and welfare of the kids as they normally provided them with school materials and launch.
Earlier, Mr Wilson introduced the other members of the dele, which were: Joliffe King, FO Taylor, Magnus Coker and S.O Haughton.