Red Shield Appeal a success
14 September 2016
RSA launch at Grand Papua Hotel a success
‘Hope where it’s needed most’ was the theme for the annual Red Shield Appeal, a wonderful occasion when invited guest celebrated the work undertaken in God’s name by The Salvation Army at the Grand Papua Hotel. The special guest for the occasion was Dr Malcolm Linsel who comes from a Salvationist background with parents who were officers of the Salvation Army. He is now a plastic surgeon based in Sydney.
During the launch Dr Malcolm shared an inspiring story of hope on how the Salvos and him helped Wesley Kone a young boy from Eastern Highlands who was suffering burns to his skin. Dr Malcolm performed numerous operations in order for Wesley to live a normal life. After 25 years Wesley & Malcolm have now become very good friends.
Dr Malcolm in his story stated that the Salvation Army is an organisation that cares about people. ‘It finds solutions and takes actions. Sometimes those solutions take money that’s why we have the red shield appeal. But as Wesley and I know the Salvation Army is an organisation that provides hope for the people when they absolutely needed and I know that from personal experience’.
He appealed to the sponsors & cooperate bodies to give generously to the Salvos Red Shield Appeal.
The Salvation Army has been providing hope to the people of Papua New Guinea since 1956 through Education, Health Care, Funding, spiritual guidance and providing basic necessities like food & clothing. The Army has eleven centres throughout the country where they serve and empower remote communities. Salvos can only do what it does, through the generous support given by its corporate sponsors and private sponsors.
Following Dr Malcolm’s presentation, cheque presentations were made from four different companies, BSP, ANZ and Steamships donated K20, 000.00 each whilst Exxon Mobil PNG gave K48, 300.00.
Pledge’s were received as well which took the total up to K353,300.00. Territorial Commander Andrew Westrupp concluded the afternoon by again expressing thanks on behalf of The Salvation Army.