[www.inewsguyana.com] – President David Granger, on Friday made a donation of $100,000 to the Salvation Army at the official launch of its annual Christmas Kettle Appeal held on the lawns of Guyana Stores on Church Street.
The President in his remarks, lauded the humanitarian work of the Salvation Army over the years to better the lives of the less fortunate in Guyana. He said, “The Salvation Army has a unique place in western society. It has always been engaged in a war against poverty.”
The Salvation Army has had a presence in Guyana for the past 120 years, extending its reach to the most vulnerable sections of society with not only its charitable work, but also with a strong drug rehabilitation programme for substance abuse victims.
The President reminded those gathered that the Christmas season is synonymous with the spirit of goodwill and urged citizens to respond generously to the organisation’s appeal.
“In giving we ensure that we create a climate in our country in which we learn to respect each other and love and share with each other… In Guyana poverty is one of our greatest challenges. We believe that if Guyana is to move forward we must reduce the inequalities,” the Head of State said.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, Edward Boyer, said that the President’s presence and advocacy at the event provides additional credibility and integrity to the organisation’s fund-raising drive.
He said that funds raised through donations made to the Christmas kettles, which are placed at strategic locations around the City, along with other funding sources, provide direct relief and compassionate services to thousands of people in Guyana, especially during the festive season.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church that is committed to fighting hunger and poverty. It was founded in 1865 in London and currently has a presence in about 127 countries.