THIS has been a busy year for the Royal Black Institution with numerous parades, the launch of a special Christian-based project ‘Take Five’ taking a fresh look at the Protestant Reformation and another very successful ‘Sham Fight’ in Scarva.
The Institution also reached a significant milestone in its work for charity when it broke through the half a million pounds mark in raising money.
The latest cheque, for £95,000, was presented to the Alzheimer’s Society at a special function in Brownlow House, Lurgan.
The money raised over the past decade was: 2002 - Chest Heart and Stroke NI, £66,000. 2004 - Action MS £80,000. 2006 - Open Door Ministry in Sudan £90,000. 2008 - Diabetes UK £77,000. 2010 - Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda £105,000. 2012 - Alzheimer’s Society £95,000.
Sovereign Grand Master Millar Farr said: “It has been a busy year. The Sham Fight at Scarva was a magnificent event.
“We had parades throughout Northern Ireland and wider afield and I am extremely pleased with the response to our ‘Take 5’ project.
“It is essential as we seek to promote our principles and beliefs, that we ourselves are grounded in the truths which we encourage others to accept. The Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation are a clear statement of the core teachings of the scripture. These are the basis of all that we do and teach within the institution and wider community.”