Breakfast bonanza as Salvos launch their Red Shield Appeal
THE Salvation Army's annual Red Shield Appeal has received a $65,000 shot in the arm and that's before a door has even been knocked on.
A breakfast of local business leaders yesterday saw companies dig deep, handing over the big dollars to make sure the Salvos are well on their way to achieving their 2016 Ipswich target of $200,000.
Amongst those donations was a $4000 cheque from the Queensland Times Community Fund.
The Salvation Army's Qld Division Commander Lt Col David Godkin was one of a number of speakers at the breakfast.
He told the packed room the battle started by Salvos founder William Booth in 1865 was as hard today as it has ever been.
"It's a battlefield out there and we have to enter it every day. In saying that, you can rest assured we will never give up the fight," he said.
The Salvos' great community work was put into sharp focus at the breakfast when two of their clients spoke of how the organisation had helped them turn their lives around.
Ben told how his life was spiralling out of control until a Salvation Army officer spoke to him at a hotel.
"My relationship broke apart and I turned to drink for three years," he admitted.
"It was that meeting at the pub which started my life again."
Ben spoke about how the Salvation Army officer had become a friend, eventually leading him back to a new life full of promise.
The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal runs from May 23 through to June 1. During that week hundreds of volunteers will be seen at shopping centres and the like throughout the region.
Many will also knock on your door asking for you to help them fund their many community programs.