Provincial Grand Secretary’s 5k a Day for a Year Challenge

On Friday 18th August 2023, Bedfordshire’s Provincial Grand Secretary, Tony Green, began his challenge to run, or occasionally run walk, a minimum distance of 5km each day for a calendar year.

‘I wanted to find something different and slightly unique to do, to contribute in some way to the Bedfordshire MCF 2026 Festival for the Masonic Charitable Foundation, (MCF).

As you are no doubt aware I was the Provincial Grand Almoner from 2018 until 2022, and in that role worked closely with the MCF in securing grants for Provincial Freemasons and their Families to relieve their suffering and distress, particularly in the wake of the COVID pandemic. During my time in the role grants to the tune of £837K were received by Brethren and their families. I still fulfil my role as a Visiting Volunteer, assisting Brethren and their families in making grant applications. 

I am so proud that our fraternity has the Masonic Charitable Foundation – The Freemasons Charity, as part of our organisation. I passionately want every Freemason in the Province to be aware of the exitence of the MCF and to know that it is there for them should the need ever arise. In taking on this challenge I am hoping Brethren can find a few pounds to sponsor me and help in reaching the Provincial target of £1m. Also for myself to hopefully assist in becoming both physically and mentally fitter and not needing to call upon the assistance of the MCF.’

Tony will be recording his daily run on his iWatch and iPhone fitness app. From that he will be screen shotting each day’s activity and saving that screen shot. All the screen shots will be available for scrutiny at any time during the challenge. He will be sending out progress updates throughout the challenge. If successful, he will have completed a minimum of 1,825Km = 1,168 miles.

As much as possible he will be wearing a MCF running top, particularly at mass participation events, to promote Freemasonry. Perhaps there will be times when some of you may be able to join him.

The easiest way to donate to Tony’s 365 Day Running Challenge is via the MCF’s “donate.givetap” by following the link below. Every donation for whatever amount will be greatly appreciated.