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SINGAPORE—Colonel Gillian Downer, territorial commander for the Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory, attended the 80th anniversary celebration for TANGS, one of the largest department stores in Singapore.

As part of the festivities, “Mr. Tang,” Wee Sung, presented Downer with a check for $250,000 to support the work of The Salvation Army in Singapore.



AUSTRALIA—Australia’s Salvos Stores recently began a new ad campaign featuring Sophie and Dale Vine, the quirky, vintage-style host couple from Channel 9’s do-it-yourself renovation series, “The Block.”

The campaign includes an online interactive game where users create their own personal Salvos Stores room, entering them into a contest to win a Salvos Stores voucher. For more information go to

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CANADA—Prince George Community Church in British Columbia recently won the local Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 environmental leadership award. This is The Salvation Army’s first time to receive one of the 10 business excellence awards the chamber gives to local businesses yearly. Receiving the award confirms the Army’s major role in the city’s green movement.

Under the leadership of Captains Neil and Crystal Wilkinson, the corps opened a new recycling warehouse. Since April 2012, it has diverted more than 1.5 million pounds of textiles from the landfill.



TASMANIA—The Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) served its last response meal at the Dunalley Recovery Centre for the bushfires on the Tasman Peninsula. The Bushfire Recovery Group requested the Army conclude its services to enable the community to return to its self-sufficient status.

Since Jan. 4, SAES conservatively estimates supplying a staff of about 80 to serve approximately 19,000 meals.

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NORWAY—A large group gathered in Oslo Temple to greet recently appointed Chief of the Staff Commissioner Andre Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox. Norway was their first visit since taking their new assignments. After Norway, they went to Iceland and The Faeroes Territory to conduct installation of new territorial leaders, Commissioners Dick and Vibeke Krommenhoek.

From an international news release


JAMAICA—Led by Lt. Colonels Victor and Rose-Marie Leslie, the Holiness Convention, held Jan. 17-20, drew a crowd of 500 plus. The weekend focused on the importance of preparing the next generation to receive the torch of faith, the need to keep the flame burning and having a legacy of faith to pass on.

The Leslies are Western Territory officers serving in Jamaica.


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