Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.
People from all walks of life become freemasons. Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby. They enjoy the challenges and fellowship that freemasonry offers. There is more to it, however, than just enjoyment.
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
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, as well as providing relief to other Grand Lodges following major natural disasters around the world.