Family, friends and peers of the late Drew Nelson gathered for a gala dinner last weekend as the Orange Institution formally announced plans to honour its former grand secretary.
The loyal order is planning to create a new student centre in Belfast as part of a £1 million initiative in memory of the senior Orangeman and Dromore solicitor, who died last year.
As part of the Drew Nelson Legacy Project, the institution intends to majorly expand its current student provision, providing meeting space and accommodation for student members. It is also envisaged a designated development officer will provide career advice and guidance to young people across Northern Ireland and the border counties.
Speaking at the black tie event at Corick House, Co Tyrone, Grand Master Edward Stevenson said: “Empowering young people was a key aspect of Drew Nelson’s work within our wider Orange family. He continually reinforced the importance of encouraging young people by building capacity and creating an enthusiastic, motivated and confident core of Orange advocates and community leaders.”
For more details on how to donate to the Drew Nelson Legacy Project, contact Schomberg House on 028 9070 1122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.