Biggest donation ever at Red Shield Appeal lunch
A MASSIVE donation of $10,000 was given to The Red Shield Appeal at a business lunch held yesterday.
Auswide Bank CEO Martin Barrett handed over the donation, which was the biggest to be donated at the event, in front of a crowd of 200 business people from around the region.
Mr Barrett said $4000 was part of the company's sponsorship while the rest of the money was given to help reach the donation goal.
"When the call+-out was to move from last year's $50,000 to $60,000 I thought well that's quite neat," he said.
"As a big employer in town and as a business that enjoys the support of the community, why don't we give back a bit more. I thought $10,000 was a wonderful thing to be able provide."
Mr Barrett said he had previous experience with the Salvation Army and their service within the community.
"I have collected for Red Shied in the past in the way of door-knocking," he said.
"Also, my parents were impacted by fire many years ago. I wasn't there to be able to help because I was overseas working so it was fantastic the Salvation Army were able to call around, help them out, give them all of the essentials and make sure everything was okay.
"They do such a wonderful thing across the whole community so it is a very good cause to be able to support."
Minister of The Salvation Army Chris Millard said Auswide Bank's donation and the many others received were greatly appreciated.
"It is amazing. They want to make a difference. I just want to say a big thank you to every donation," he said.
People showing how much they care for each other, I love that about the people of Bundaberg.
Mr Millard said The Red Shield Appeal is about bringing hope to people who don't have hope.
If you would like to help collect money for The Red Shield Appeal doorknock on the last Sunday of May, contact The Salvation Army on 4151 3014.