Anzac tradition feeds small acts of generosity
2 September 2014
A rainy Anzac Day did not stop seven-year-old Xavier from raising much-needed funds for The Salvation Army.
Setting up a stand in front of his house, he sold homemade lemonade and Anzac cookies that he had baked with his mum, to passersby.
Xavier raised more than $100 for The Salvation Army, which he personally presented to Territorial Commander Commissioner James Condon.
His mother explained a few different charities to him, but The Salvation Army stood out as the one he wanted to help.
“The Salvation Army helps people who are less fortunate and live on the street, so I wanted to give the money I raised to them,” said Xavier.
Commissioner James Condon passed on his appreciation and thanks to Xavier, emphasising the impact his generosity will have on those in need.
“People will be helped that really need help because of your hard work and the money you’ve been able to collect from your cookies and lemonade,” said Commissioner Condon to Xavier.
“I think about the impact that this will have on Xavier personally in life when he thinks about The Salvation Army.
“His first memory will be selling cookies and lemonade to raise money for The Salvation Army for those who need it the most,” said Commissioner Condon.
The money that Xavier raised will be put to good use supporting the community in the Manly area.
By Nathalia Rickwood
Photo caption: Commissioner James Condon, Xavier, his mum Melissa and his grandfather Peter at Territorial Headquarters.
Photo credit: Bruce Harmer