Majors Kevin and Heather Unicomb are all set for the Red Shield Appeal launch event.
Majors Kevin and Heather Unicomb are all set for the Red Shield Appeal launch event. Scottie Simmonds BUNRED

Flood authority boss to lead launch

THE Salvation Army Bundaberg has secured the senior army officer in charge of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority as the guest speaker for its Red Shield Appeal launch next week.

Major-General Dick Wilson will discuss the tremendous role the Salvation Army has played in the aftermath of the 2010-11 floods when he addresses the corporate fundraising lunch at the Bundaberg RSL next Thursday.

"I will be focusing on the way the Salvation Army has assisted the community along with the significant process the Queensland Reconstruction Authority has made in the region, " Maj-Gen Wilson said.

The general said the Salvation Army had played an important role in helping to get flood victims' lives back on track.

"Rebuilding roads and bridges is only one aspect of the reconstructive process," he said.

"The more complex challenge is to rebuild community.

"We are working hard with government and non-government organisations like the Salvation Army to identify the help needed in each area of the state."

Maj-Gen Wilson said the Salvation Army continued to provide help regardless of the situation.

"When things get difficult, the Salvation Army is always there with a cuppa and a smile," he said.

"To their credit, the Salvation Army continues to evolve the services they offer to meet the needs of those who need help."

During his career, Maj-Gen Wilson said he had witnessed first hand the work of the Salvation Army many times.

"The Salvation Army look to alleviate people's suffering and distress without dicrimination," he said.

"If you are a person in need, they are there to help.

"For that reason they deserve all the support they can get, and I'm vey happy to offer my support."

Salvation Army Bundaberg Majors Heather and Kevin Unicomb have been busy organising this year's lunch, which will be jointly sponsored by Bundaberg Sugar and MRH Lawyers.

"The Red Shield Appeal helps the Salvation Army meet the needs of the community," Mrs Unicomb said.

"We are always grateful to the community who are very generous."

The appeal

The Bundaberg target for this year's lunch is $32,000

$29,400 was raised in 2011

In total, the appeal raised $11 million throughout Queensland in 2011

Volunteer doorknockers will be out in force on May 19-20

To make a donation online, go to salvos.org.au/donate