The Salvation Army has thanked Hunter businesses for their support in making the annual Red Shield Appeal in the Hunter one of the most successful ever.
The Salvation Army Hunter Appeal director Rodney Dibley said the business community had played an important part in the success of this year’s appeal.
At the time of this post (mid June) the Hunter Appeal had this year raised more than $1.2 million.
Rodney said the Greater Building Society was one of a number of businesses that offered incredible support. Turning its headquarters red for the month of May was an important symbol for the cause. More than 75 of its staff joined the many other volunteer doorknockers from business and the community on the weekend on May 25-26.
“Greater executives and staff were instrumental in encouraging more than 100 businesses to participate in the inaugural Red Threads Day,” Rodney said.
Businesses in Beaumont Street, Hamilton and Elder Street, Lambton turned the streets red. Elsewhere, businesses also allowed staff to wear red on May 24 in return for a gold coin donation to the Appeal.
“From our Appeal Committee chaired by Keith and Mary Stronach to those donating and doorknocking, the support from business has been fantastic and will make a difference to the lives of many local people.”
“Every dollar allows The Salvation Army to give hope to the hopeless and love to those who feel unloved here in the Hunter.”
The business community kicked off the Appeal by supporting a sellout luncheon at Wests Leagues Club on Thursday, 2 May 2013 with guest speaker real estate entrepreneur John McGrath. With support from sponsors Xstrata Coal, Stronach, Port Waratah Coal Services, McGrath, nib, The Wests Group and Greater Building Society, the luncheon raised more than $150,000.
The Salvation Army is about people finding freedom Across the country they are engaged with every demographic and every age group. They're active in the big cities, the country towns and even outback cattle stations.
Regardless of where they are or what they're doing, one thing always remains true: they're about people finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from neglect. Freedom from poverty and addiction. Freedom to dream. Freedom to love. Freedom to make a difference. Freedom to live life to the full.