Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities. Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through our North Island Masonic District Charitable Trust and the Roskill Foundation in association with freemasons of the NZ Consitution.
He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.
― Benjamin Franklin