Through the sponsorship of the Bairnsdale Daylight Lodge, the Freemasons Foundation of Victoria has just awarded a $5000 grant to local charity, Annie’s Cottage, to pay for needed renovations and replacements.
Twenty-eight years ago, Peter and Judith Robbins, farmers at Lindenow South, conceived the idea of giving a free holiday to families enduring the extreme stress of caring for a child suffering a life-threatening disease.
The opportunity materialised when they were able to acquire a house in Paynesville that was due for demolition.
They relocated it to their farm and installed all the essential services. Since that time, Annie’ s Cottage has given respite and a taste of country living to more than 800 families from all over Victoria.
In recognition of this continuing charitable work, the Freemasons Foundation of Victoria, through the sponsorship of the Bairnsdale Daylight Lodge, has granted Annie’s Cottage with $5000 to undertake repainting and the replacement of bed linen and towels for the eight beds in the cottage.
Peter and Judith were delighted to receive the grant and to renew an association with the lodge, which goes back to the turn of the century.
PICTURED: Bill Hardy, Master of Bairnsdale Daylight Lodge, presenting the $5000 Freemasons Foundation cheque to founders and operators of Annie’s Cottage, Peter and Judith Robbins.