The Nationl, Monday 10th September, 2012
By AGNES FIFI UKI
THE Salvation Army intends to help marginalised and underprivileged people, Andrew Kalai, Salvation Army’s territorial commander said during the Red Shield Appeal launching.
The 2012-2013 appeal was launched last Thursday at the Ela Beach Hotel, Port Moresby
“In Papua New Guinea we live and operate in the land of unexpected and this slogan can be viewed both negatively and positively. In the negative sense, people regard PNG as where anything can happen and still be tolerated whether it is a power blackout or a hospital with no drugs,” Kalai said.
“I believe this slogan can be viewed in a positive note that PNG can be blessed when we had not expected it in the first place. “God has poured out his blessings on us when we feel it has been most undeserving for us.”
He said after running the Red Shield Appeal for 30 years, the Salvation Army had come to realise that there was great goodwill in the community.
“The generosity of the business community in this country has provided the army with much encouragement to continue serving the underprivileged and the marginalised people of this land,” he said.
Keynote speaker, Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio said the Salvation Army was renowned for the work it undertook throughout the country and over the past 12 months it had responded with practical support for those afflicted with hardship, disaster and accidents.
“This year the Salvation Army has taken the initiative to feed people living on the streets in the National Capital District,” he said.Sir Michael said the Salvation Army was looking for ways to support victims of crime and was strengthening its network of trained volunteers who worked in those areas in the law courts.
One behalf of Steamships Trading Company, the general manager of its business arm, Pacific Palms Property, Andrew Potter, presented a cheque for K100,000 to Salvation Army to support its work in the