SCOTLAND—Scotland won soccer’s Homeless World Cup recently in Paris, defeating Mexico 4-3 in the final.
Three members of the successful team participated in a rehabilitation program at The Salvation Army’s William Hunter Lifehouse in Glasgow.
“The guys have shown real determination and have worked hard at The Salvation Army to rebuild their lives and get healthy,” said Ron Senior, Lifehouse center manager.
The Homeless World Cup (homelessworldcup.org) uses soccer to energize homeless people to change their lives. The first tournament in 2003 welcomed 18 nations; now it’s grown to include 64 teams from 53 countries.
AUSTRALIA—Kate Ellis, federal minister for employment participation, commended The Salvation Army Employment Plus (TSAEP) in Marrickville, New South Wales, for its innovative solutions for long-term unemployment.
“The Salvation Army Employment Plus initiative is a great example of how a range of human service teams can help disadvantaged jobseekers,” she said at the launch of TSAEP Research Project and Connections Plus model in July.
The project provides comprehensive support services to jobseekers including specialist support, with access to training, health, legal services and housing, to help people move into employment.
From WARCRY/au , Aug. 13, 2011
SINGAPORE—This summer, the “Great Singapore Search” attracted 81 Salvationist youth for service and friendly competition. They formed teams, performed a task and then solved clues to find the next location and activity.
They could also enter a photo competition, judged by Territorial Commander Colonel Gillian Downer and Territorial Youth and Candidates’ Secretary Captain Zane Haupt.
At the event’s conclusion, 140 people attended a combined youth service. Major Ruth Pascoe, William Booth Corps commanding officer, spoke on “Age Old Foundations,” quoting William Booth and emphasizing our mission of “getting people saved and keeping them saved and then getting someone else saved.”
From War Cry, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory, Aug. 2011 issue
PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG)—The Salvation Army was one of four recipients of funds from the Malaysian Association of PNG.
The annual charity event started over 10 years ago with the association raising funds through various means—including the Malaysian Business Council Charity Golf events—to assist various charity organizations throughout PNG.
Captain Bernard Kila, public relations officer, accepted the check for just over $9,000 and Major Philip Maxwell thanked the association after the presentation.
Other recipients were the 9-Mile Clinic, the Canossian Sisters and Hope (PNG).
From Tokaut, May-June, 2011
CANADA—For the second year, The Salvation Army Moncton Community and Family Services, New Brunswick, entered a rowing team in the Greater Moncton Dragon Boat Festival.
The team of 24 rowers and 12 volunteers raised more than $2,000, while the Army’s mobile canteen served refreshments. The funds helped send children from low-income families to summer camp, covering camp registration, transportation and meals, and providing sleeping bags, toiletries and clothing.
From Salvationist, Sept. 2011