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Corporate Community

Ritchies

Amy Baker and corporate partner RitchesThis past year saw Ritchies Supermarkets reach a milestone in support of the Salvos: 20 years ofthe Ritchies Community Benefit Card Programme.

More than $1.6 million has been donated to TheSalvation Army since the programme began in1993. The Salvation Army congratulates Ritchies on this achievement and the wonderful way in which this community card programme ‘gives back’ to the community. The money raised through the scanning of the Community Benefit Card at checkouts supports Salvation Army centres and programmes to provide assistance to local people in need.

Fred Harrison, CEO of Ritchies, with Amy Baker from The Salvation Army.

Myer

MyerThis year marks the 20th anniversary of the Myer Spirit of Christmas CD. The Salvation Army is proud to partner with Myer and spread the message of hope and joy through music. Since its inception, the sale of the CD has raised over $7 million for charity.

All funds raised for The Salvation Army are directed to its children and youth programmes across Australia.

This year The Salvation Army presented Myer with the OTHERS award to recognise Myer’s exceptional service to the community. Myer CEO Bernie Brookes said of the partnership: “We truly value our ongoing relationship with The Salvation Army and are pleased to continue to support their invaluable work.”

Image left to right: Mr John Hawker, Board Member of the Myer Community Fund; Mr Bernie Brookes, CEO of Myer, Major Neil Venables, Territorial Communications & Fundraising Secretary for The Salvation Army; Ms Megan Foster, General Manager for Marketing, Myer.

Kmart

Commissioner Raymond Finger presents Kmart an awardThe Salvation Army this year presented Kmart with an award in recognition of its exceptional service to struggling Australians through the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, which celebrated its 25th anniversary of giving in 2012. The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is Australia’s largest Christmas gift appeal and has collected more than 5 million gifts over its 25 years.

The appeal invites community members to donate gifts for others (both children and adults) who may otherwise go without a gift at Christmas time. Once again, Australians wholeheartedly supported the appeal last year, donating 443,322 gifts and over $200,000 to The Salvation Army for distribution to people in need of support during the festive season.

The simple and kind act of placing a present undera tree or some coins in a collection tin can have a significant impact in the lives of others. This is reflected in the feedback received from a Salvation Army staff member at the Bendigo Community Support Services Programme:

“I remember one young mother who had four young children. She had been the victim of horrendous domestic violence a few months earlier and she and the children had fled the family home with no more than the clothes on their backs. As she wandered around selecting toys for her children she began to cry. A staff member took her to a quiet spot so she could take some time to work through things, and she said she was not sad, just completely overwhelmed that this service was available to her. She said her children would get nothing without these toys as she could not afford to purchase Christmas presents.”

The Salvation Army thanks Kmart and the generous Australian public for bringing hope to the lives of thousands of Australians.

Image: Commissioner Raymond Finger (Territorial Commander of the Australia Southern Territory at time of photo) presented the OTHERS award to Kmart representative Tracie Walker, who accepted on behalf of Kmart Managing Director Guy Russo, at the 2013 Red Shield Appeal launch in Victoria. 

McDonald’s Western Australia

Since 2010, The Salvation Army has been working in partnership with McDonald’s in Western Australia toprovide opportunities for under privileged youth to attend adventure camps in the state’s south west. The camps encourage participation in activities that help young people to work through challenging life issues. Activities include abseiling and canoeing as well as team-building exercises. McDonald’s licensee Grant Smith from Collie attended the camp and said he enjoyed assisting the camp leaders with outdoor activities that helped participants challenge themselves.“Many of our McDonald’s employees are in their young formative years so we have a vested interest to get involved in a programme like this that helps young people grow and develop and become the best young adults they can be,” Mr Smith said.