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Chile Earthquake Appeal

posted 6 Mar 2010, 05:25 by Michael Davey   [ updated 13 Feb 2011, 05:20 ]
Brethren & visitors,

Grand Charity has made an emergency grant of £20,000 to the British Red Cross to support relief work following the earthquake in Chile, the worst to hit the country in 25 years.  The details of this are appended, and as with the recent Haiti earthquake, further support is likely when relief needs are more clearly known.

Meanwhile, the Haiti Earthquake Relief Chest now stands at over £44,000.

Fortitude Brethren who would like to make a personal donation to the relief efforts in Chile or Haiti through the Grand Charity, please let me know and I will be pleased to explain the procedure.

Sincerely and fraternally,



Chile earthquake_copyright: British Red Cross  The President of The Freemasons' Grand Charity, Grahame Elliott, has approved an emergency grant of £20,000 to the Red Cross following a large earthquake in Chile. The earthquake struck at 03.35 hours local time on 27 February 2010, measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale. It is reported to be the worst earthquake to hit the country in 25 years, and has been followed by aftershocks of up to 6.9 magnitude. It has been confirmed that 802 people have died and over 2 million are believed to have been affected.

The earthquake hit 90 kilometres north-east of the city of Concepción in central Chile, and has reportedly caused considerable damage to infrastructure in the Bíobío and Maule regions.
Many roads and buildings have been damaged, particularly in coastal zones, while some areas continue to suffer from power outages, though Santiago remains largely unaffected.

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has awarded the British Red Cross £20,000 to assist with their relief efforts. The Chilean Red Cross is working on the ground in partnership with the country’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI), carrying out search and rescue operations, giving medical assistance where necessary as well as providing basic amenities like water, sanitation and shelter.

Further information:

For questions concerning The Freemasons’ Grand Charity’s support for relief efforts in Chile please contact Siobhan McCarthy on 020 7395 9385.

Visit The Freemasons’ Grand Charity website at

For further information about the Red Cross in Chile please visit