The Shriner Hospitals for Children is normally listed by Forbes Magazine in the top 200 US Charities and is often rated in the top thirty. The Shrine regularly expends over half a billion dollars a year on philanthropy providing support to children with medical needs and their families. It receives no government funding and is an outstanding example of Freemason’s philanthropy.
The Shrine in CollingwoodThe Shriners are committed to helping children with medical needs. The Melbourne Shrine Club meets at the Collingwood Masonic Centre. To be a Shriner, you must be a Freemason and the Shrine is arguably the largest single philanthropic endeavour of Freemasonry.
The Shriners International
Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, truth and relief. Their mission is straightforward.
Shriners are committed to:
Ø Being the premier fraternal organization for men of good character.
Ø Providing attractive, quality programs and services for its members, their families and their friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship and social camaraderie.
Ø Fostering self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement.
Ø Serving mankind through the resources of its philanthropy.
The Shriners are best known for buildings pediatric hospitals specializing in burns, but also in orthopaedic needs and spinal cord injury.
Treatment for children in those hospitals is provided for free, regardless of race, religion or creed. Australia does not have a Shriners Hospital and the closest one is in the Philippines, but Australian Shriners still help children both in Australia and Internationally. You might have eaten a sausage from them at one of their fundraising BBQ's at Bunnings and other locations..
Shriners do much fundraising for children's health. Above - an American Shriner on parade
The Shrine Hospitals for Children is normally rated by Forbes Magazine in the top 200 US Charities and is often in the top thirty. It regularly expends half a billion dollars every year on philanthropy providing support to children with medical needs and their families. It receives no government funding and is an outstanding example of Freemason’s philanthropy.
Shriners Victoria is a part of Shriners International.
(For Nobles, we work under AAHMES Shriners)
There are approximately 350,000 members & 2,700 clubs in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Republic of Panama & Australasia.
Shriners International supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.
Membership is comprised of Master Masons with a desire to be more active in the local community in regards to charity.
Shriners Victoria was founded at its inception meeting held on 24th April 2010, with more than twenty Master Masons indicating their desire to be a part of this wonderful philanthropic organisation.
Since then, Melbourne Shriners have been busy fundraising through raffles, sausage sizzles and getting donations from friends and family.
Shriners Victoria will be launching it's very own "Volunteer of Shriners" program, embracing the wider community in our charitable deeds and events