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"We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the clubs" Major Eisley

"We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the clubs" Major Eisley

Posted on 05-May-2014

THE Tweed clubs have got behind those suffering as a result of the devastating bushfires in Katoomba late last year “clubbing together” to make a generous donation to the Salvation Army this week.

Representatives of all the local clubs met on Tuesday to present a cheque for $18,000 to Tweed-based Salvation Army representative Major Darren Eisley on behalf of the Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal.

Twin Towns Director Vic Faley said the clubs had now donated more than $120,000 to help.

The donations, including this week’s $18,000 from the combined local clubs included $50,000 – Twin Towns Community Foundation; $50,000 – Twin Towns Services Club, $18,000 – combined local Clubs and $2,000 – South Tweed Sports Club.

“The clubs of the Tweed decided to donate to the Salvation Army Appeal, there are other appeals out there but we decided to donate to the Salvation Army,” he said.

“The clubs decided that they wanted to give $18,000 as a group.”

He said Twin Towns had already donated $100,000 with $50,000 from Twin Towns Services Club and $50,000 from Twin Towns Community Foundation back in October.

“As Twin Towns we decided because of the Salvation Army’s involvement with all the bushfires – that they are in there supporting we would become involved,” Mr Faley said.

“We always support them, we gave $50,000 last year for the floods in Queensland. We support them because they are locals in their community and we are always willing to help them. We support various organisations within their community centre as well.”

Major Eisley said the money would make a huge difference. “The Salvation Army is on the ground has been from the beginning,” he said.

“From the time the fires commence we are out there helping in a practical way, assisting the firefighters, at the evacuation centres and now with the on-going help people will need. The Salvation Army has set up centres that have dedicated staff that are full-time dealing with the on-going welfare of those people who were victims of the fires.”

He said even people who had insurance sometimes needed support with payments taking a while to come through. “We encourage those people who are affected to come forward,” Major Eisley said.
“Some people are often reluctant to come forward – they have that great Aussie attitude that there are people worse off that us but we encourage people to make contact with the Salvation Army because the assistance is there and available.”

Major Eisley thanked the clubs for their support. “We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the clubs, individuals and groups in the community,” he said.

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