The Salvation Army launched its annual Red Shield Appeal yesterday afternoon. This year’s target is K450,000 which is bigger compared to last year’s.
Salvation Army PNG Territorial Commander, Colonel Andrew Westrupp, says the target has increased because the community needs are growing.
Colonel Westrupp, said they are thankful for the corporate companies that have come out to attend the launching.
“This year’s target is K450,000. Last year, it was a smaller target and we achieved more than the target K250,000, and we achieved that and a little bit more.”
Funds will go towards Salvation Army’s continuous work in the fields of health, education and community needs such as disaster reliefs.
The launching saw corporate companies making pledges towards the appeal with Bank South Pacific, ANZ, Steamships and ExxonMobil who presented cheques.
The guest speaker was Australian Plastic Surgeon, Dr Malcolm Linsell.
Dr Linsell is a member of the Salvation Army family, known for a 60 Minutes documentary of aiding a man from Eastern Highlands Province who needed plastic surgery, who shared his story of his experience with the Salvation Army.
“The Salvation Army is an organisation that cares about people, it finds solutions, it takes action. Sometimes those solution require money, that’s why we have the Red Shield Appeal,” said Dr Linsell, who grew up in the Salvation Army family.
He said that Salvation Army provides hope for people when they need it.
A golf challenge for the Red Shield Appeal will also be held in the year to donate towards the Salvation Army’s Red Cross Appeal.
To make donations visit the Salvation Army headquarters in Boroko or contact a Salvation Army agency who will assist.