Province of the Channel Islands
One of the first things a Freemason learns is Benevolence and Charity. In common with other branches of Masonry Mark Grand Lodge places great emphasis on charitable donations. Each Mark Mason contributes on a purely voluntary basis to the Mark Fund of Benevolence. This is a fund controlled by Mark Grand Lodge and it is used to assist non-Masonic organisations.
In the year 2000 St.Johns Ambulance celebrated their 900th anniversary. They decided to start to replace their ageing fleet of ambulances to mark the occasion. The Mark Fund of Benevolence immediately contributed the sum of £2,000,000 to assist in this worthwhile cause. Some 50 ambulances were provided nationally, and in the Channel Islands, two ambulances were made available, one for Jersey and the other for Guernsey.
The ambulance is the Renault Crusader 900 vehicle, which was designed specifically for St.Johns Ambulance Service, and comes fully equipped to serve as a multiple purpose vehicle, and complies with the latest regulations applicable to such vehicles. They bear on both front doors the words "Presented by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of the Channel Islands".
The Jersey ambulance was presented at an official function on Tuesday 5th December 2000 at the St.John Ambulance Headquarters in Midvale Road, St.Helier, Jersey, attended by a number of local Mark Masons and members of St.Johns Ambulance. The Provincial Grand Master, RW.Bro.Mark Holiday requested the Commissioner John Gavey to receive the ambulance, after which Revd.Adrian Pearce dedicated the ambulance to the service of St.Johns Ambulance. This was followed by a short demonstration of the capabilities of the ambulance and its various fittings.
The Guernsey ambulance was presented and dedicated at the St.John Ambulance Headquarters in Rohais, St.Peter Port, Guernsey on Saturday 28th April 2001 in the presence of the Lt.Governor of Guernsey Sir John Foley. The event was attended by a number of local Mark Masons and members of St.Johns Ambulance. The Provincial Grand Master, RW.Bro.Mark Holiday requested the acting Commissioner Keith Fothergill to receive the ambulance, after which Revd.George Lugton dedicated it to the service of St.Johns Ambulance Service in Guernsey.