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Cheque for International Rescue Corp



The International Rescue Corps is a registered Charity and is a 1st Phase rapid response unit that will attend disasters around the world. It is a non profit organisation and is supported by Business; Donations and Charitable Funding. All the members are volunteers who give their time freely and have to rely on the goodwill of their employers to be able to respond to a ’call out’. They attend such incidents as earthquakes, land slips and nearer home the recent Morpeth and Cumbrian floods. Significantly they were unable to attend the recent Haiti earthquake as they did not have enough funds to respond as they had just completed a mission to Indonesia. The cost of each mission being be in the region of £25,000 to £50,000.

The volunteers are professional in their work and each member will undergo an initial training period of three years gradually progressing from local issues to International experience in their third year. They also have regular updating and re-training programmes which they attend at their own expense. Each member must be familiar with all aspects of their work so that the dangers encountered can be minimised by each supporting the other. A team will usually between 10 to 15 people depending on the severity of the task in hand.

Following a presentation by the International Rescue Corps to Seaton Delaval Lodge No 4617 the Lodge put forward a request to the Provincial Office for the Richard Henry Homes Masonic Benevolent Fund to consider a donation to this worthy cause. This was a successful application and the Fund awarded a sum of £1,500. W. Bro Vic Wood, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, attended Seaton Delaval Lodge on the 12th May and presented the cheque to representatives of International Rescue.

Link to UGLE website