MORE than K100,000 was raised on the annual Red Shield Golf Day for the Salvation Army last Friday thanks to the generous support from sponsors and business houses in Port Moresby.
This year’s Golf Day was organised by Coral Sea Hotels and has been in existence for the last 15 years.
The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal began in 1983.
Salvation Army territorial commander Andrew Kalai, while receiving the money from the 29 business houses, said he was grateful for their support every year and that it would go a long way in their humanitarian work in PNG.
He said 90% of people claimed to be Christians but seemed to be more intent on making money.
He quoted Proverbs 14:3, which says: “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for the maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honours God.”
“Thank you for honouring God in supporting the Red Shield Appeal,” Mr Kalai said.
He said with the Salvation Army’s motto, “Heart to God, hand to man”, it was their responsibility to serve the needy members of society.
He also quoted the words of Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi who said: “A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”
Mr Kalai said as a Christian organisation, the Salvation Army was obliged to serve the needy in their social, emotional and spiritual empowerment.
There were lots of prizes from business houses to the participants of the Golf Day, with major prizes of a return air ticket for two to Hong Kong and a weekend for two to Tufi Resort in Popondetta, Oro province.
The winners were RH Hypermart in first place, British American Tobacco in second and QBE Insurance in third.