Belfast Telegraph

Orange halls to have coffee mornings in aid of charity

By Staff Reporter

Kettles will be whistling at Orange halls and other venues across Northern Ireland later this month as the Orange Institution organises a special coffee morning.

The province-wide fundraiser is being held to benefit the Drew Nelson Legacy Project, set up last year to honour the late senior Orangeman and former Grand Secretary. The appropriately named 'Brew for Drew' will be hosted on the morning of Saturday, September 29.

Deputy Grand Master Harold Henning encouraged district lodges to play their part in supporting the initiative.

He said: "It is our hope the coffee morning events will see the Orange fraternity come together in towns and villages right across the jurisdiction to enjoy refreshments and fellowship - whilst raising valuable funds for the Drew Nelson Legacy Project."

Last year, the institution publicly announced its objective to permanently recognise the contribution of one of its most high-profile members while benefiting the next generation of community leaders.

Mr Henning added: "The Drew Nelson Legacy Project is the Grand Master's nominated appeal and a concerted effort across the institution would make a real difference to the fundraising campaign on this day."

Prior to his death in 2016, Mr Nelson served as Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland for 12 years, first elected in December 2004.

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