The Hunter business community gathered at a corporate luncheon on Friday, 13 May 2016 to celebrate the work done locally by the Salvation Army and kick off fundraising for this year’s Hunter Red Shield Appeal.
Don Magin, chairman of the Hunter Red Shield Committee, thanked the Hunter business community for once again getting behind the corporate luncheon and appeal launch. More than 300 guests were at Wests Lambton where they heard from guest speaker, award winning journalist and author, Chris Masters PSM and about the work of the Salvos.
Geoffrey Leonard, advisory board Chairman, thanked the major partners of the event and the local business appeal – nib, Glencore, Greater Bank, Port of Newcastle, Port Waratah Coal Services, The Bloomfield Foundation and The Wests Group. The major national sponsor is JLL.
The local partners had already pledged $45,000 in advance of the luncheon, which raised a further $120,000.
Don urged other Hunter business people to get behind the Appeal and its associated Door Knock as the Army needs much more funding to meet the demand for services in the Hunter.
Every week the Salvos support hundreds of people in Newcastle and the Hunter in crisis with financial counselling, skills training, drug and alcohol addiction services, food and accommodation.
“By supporting the Salvos we are helping to give hope to people in our community where it is needed most,” Don said.
“Every cent raised in the Hunter Red Shield Appeal is spent on services in the Hunter,” he said.
In addition to the results achieved at the business luncheon, the Door Knock has a specific goal of $255,000. People wishing to volunteer for the Doorknock Weekend on 28-29 May 2016 should visit www.doorknock.org.au or contact Hunter appeal director Nicole Jenkinson [email protected]
Image | Colonel Mark Campbell (Chief Secretary, The Salvation Army), Geoff Leonard (Chairman, Newcastle Advisory Board), Major Howard Smartt (Divisional Secretary, The Salvation Army), Don Magin (Chairman, The Red Shield Appeal Committee)
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