The Luke Batty Foundation and the Mornington Lodge No. 160, in conjunction with Freemasons Victoria have joined forces to raise public awareness against family violence.
With the support from ‘Lewis,’ the Masonic Bear the Mornington Lodge is now going to begin raising $125,000 for the Luke Batty Foundation.
The Luke Batty Foundation was established in February 2014 after Luke Batty was killed by his father at cricket practice in Tyabb, Victoria, on Wednesday 12 February 2014.
Public response to Luke’s death was overwhelming, and it inspired Rosie to set up the Luke Batty Foundation with the goal to raise funds to support women and children affected by the trauma of family violence.
WBro. Edy Wilfling and other members of the Mornington Lodge were so moved by the tragedy they created ‘Lewis’ to assist in raising funds for the Foundation.
“We wanted to develop a promotion, and create a symbol that’s warm, friendly and people of all ages can relate to,” Edy said.
In Masonic terms, a ‘Lewis’ is the son of a Freemason, and also an ancient lifting device that denotes strength.
Edy said that this is an opportunity for ‘Lewis’ the Masonic Bear to represent on-going support from Freemasons Victoria of the awareness against domestic violence.
“I have spoken with Rosie Batty (Australian of the Year 2015) and she is thrilled to have support from Freemasons Victoria, and has said she will assist as much as possible with guest speaking arrangements and other appearances where required,”Edy said.
Freemasons Victoria Past Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt is in full support of this challenge saying that it is a significant fundraising effort.
“Freemasons Victoria is very proud to support the Luke Batty Foundation and Edy has my full support in his efforts to generate awareness against domestic violence. Luke’s death is an unnecessary tragedy and one that could have been avoided,” Hillel said.
Don’t hesitate to get behind Edy’s campaign and order a bear for only $29.95 today. Bears are available by contacting Edy Wilfling at [email protected] or 0400 578 710
For more information on the Luke Batty Foundation visit: www.lukebattyfoundation.com.au