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AUSTRALIA—Widespread flooding in the Philippines prompted The Salvation Army in Australia to launch a national appeal for the more than 2.4 million impacted people.

Major Bruce Harmer, communications and public relations secretary in the Eastern Australia Territory, said the Army has committed an initial $100,000 with more to come through the appeal.

More heavy rain is expected in the Philippines, where thousands of people have sought shelter in evacuation centers. Over 3,100 homes were damaged.

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FIJI—Divisional Children’s Mission Secretary Captain Sera Toloi welcomed 20 mothers, babies and young children into the Lomaivuna Corps’ new First Steps ministry program.

First Steps supports parents of children ages 0-4 through their baby’s “firsts”—first smile, first word, first tooth, first steps—and the parent’s first steps into a Christian community and, eventually, a church.

The program incorporates pastoral care, recognition of milestones, family support through joys and difficulties, and dedication services.

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CANADA—The Women’s Integrated Supportive Housing (WISH) in Calgary recently received a $25,000 check from CREB Charitable Foundation. Money from the donation will support the transformational services offered including emergency housing, a three-month residential skill-building program and a number of transitional beds provided for women who are actively securing employment, education or training.

The CREB Foundation supports 25 non-profit organizations that provide shelter, enhance the community and address vulnerable populations.

From ab.salvationarmy.ca


U.K.—The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters (IHQ) participated in Open House London 2012 on Sept. 22. More than 400 people heard architects’ talks, took guided tours of the building and listened to Army musical groups perform. Visitors purchased refreshments at the Army’s Cafe 101.

Event organizer and IHQ Chaplain Colonel Annette Gower described the occasion as “a day of mission with a difference,” noting a wonderful team spirit and the enhanced opportunity to connect with the community.

From salvationarmy.org


NEW ZEALAND—The Salvation Army in Wellington was voted best employer for work/life balance in the 2012 Randstad Awards. Voters placed the Army next to companies such as Air New Zealand, best place to work; New Zealand Police, best long-term job security; and BNZ, best career advancement.

The awards are given based on public feedback and companies cannot nominate themselves.

Randstad is a specialist recruitment and human resources services provider whose awards are highly coveted.

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