The Group Chairman’s 2019 Charity Ball takes place in the Widnes Masonic Hall on Saturday 18th May 2019. As with all Masonic charity events there is always a good cause being supported and this year the beneficiary will be the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation.
On the night there will be professional entertainment, excellent food and wine, fun to be had all evening and of course the charity raffle. The featured artist on the night will be Michelle Lawson aka The Soul Diva, an accomplished soul singer and one of the UK’s best. This is by many considered to be the Masonic social event of the year so get your tickets early, details to be found on the poster shown below. Freemasons along with their families, friends as well as non-masons are all welcome.
Now a few words about the charity that is being supported.
The Cathie Stankevitch Foundation is a charity set up to support underprivileged young people in the town by the former Widnes player John Stankevitch in memory of his mother, who sadly lost her life in a car accident. The progress that the charity has made so far, with little or no funding, has been truly remarkable.
The Cathie Stankevitch Foundation provides inclusion opportunities for children and young people who are at risk of social isolation and who are categorised as living in poverty and deprivation in our local area. Children and young people from across Halton who engage with the charity have the opportunity to attend a free youth club for three evenings a week. There they can make new friends and enjoy the facilities on offer such as a pool table, dartboard, table tennis, hair, beauty and a dedicated make up area.
The youth club has been open for six months and has been attended by over 150 local children and young people, with 70 of those attending regularly every week. In addition to the evening youth club sessions, the charity also runs self-confidence workshops loosely based around Martial Arts and these sessions are run at the charity premises and also in local schools. Those engaged on the Self Confidence session participate in a 6-week workshop where they learn about self-control, discipline, being aspirational, goal setting and respect.
Attendees are selected by local schools in order to target the most vulnerable children and young people in our local community, in order to have an early intervention in order to avoid mental health issues and low self-confidence.
The Cathie Stankevitch Foundation is an evolving charity that has demonstrated a need for its provision and the feedback received from youth club attendees, schools, teachers, parents of the children and the young people that have engaged has been very positive. The charity is now in a consultation and planning process where it is expected to launch a further youth club provision and additional services such as mental health workshops, meal preparation and money management sessions.
Further details on the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation (or how you can offer support) can be obtained from Bob Williams, the Group Charity Steward or by visiting the Foundations website using the link below: https://www.cathiestankevitchfoundation.co.uk/
So now that you know about the Chairman’s 2019 Charity Ball and the excellent charity that he has elected to support, all that is left is for you to do is to get your tickets and then enjoy a great evening on the 18th May!