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Invercargill Masonic Lodge Charitable Trust trustee Neil O’Rorke (left) looks on while chairman John Marshall hands a $5000 cheque to Borland Lodge Adventure and Education Trust trustee John McHugh (right) in Invercargill last week.

A DONATION of $5000 towards upgrading facilities at Southland’s Borland Lodge is “well and truly” going to make a difference, lodge manager Alan Lowe says.

The cheque was gifted by the Masonic Lodge Trust to members of the Borland Lodge Adventure and Education Trust in Invercargill last week to help support the continuation and upgrades of the site.

During the first Covid-19 lockdown, the Borland Lodge Trust announced it was facing financial hardship due to booking cancellations, which resulted in no income.

Since then, community members and organisations had continued to pitch in and help.

Mr Lowe and his wife Raewyn Lowe, who both managed the facility, said the money, which would go towards upgrading the managers’ quarters, would “definitely make a difference”.

“I had heard they were wanting to do up the kitchen but I didn’t realise this was definitely going to happen,” Mrs Lowe said.

“We’re very grateful.”

Invercargill Masonic Lodge Charitable Trust chairman John Marshall handed the cheque to Borland Lodge Adventure and Education Trust trustee John McHugh in the presence of trustees and other representatives from both lodges on Wednesday last week.

He said trust members knew the amount they were donating was “not a lot, but every little bit helps”.

“It’s [Borland Lodge] one thing we do not want to see disappear off the horizon.”

Mr McHugh said renovating the managers’ quarters was a way to say thank you for all the work the managers had done to take care of the site, especially during the lockdown.

“They could’ve easily put their hands up in the air and said out of here’ because there wasn’t a lot of money to keep them going.”

A lot of the planned work for the lodge had to be put on hold due to the significant costs of running the site when there was no income, he said.

“Through the community and funders like yourselves [Masonic Lodge Charitable Trust], we’ve re-couped the money that we’d lost.

“Now we’re at the stage where we are looking towards projects.”

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