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Thursday 27 October 2016 I For immediate release
The Salvation Army in the KwaZulu/Natal Midlands has warned members of the public to be on the lookout for five young men fraudulently claiming to represent the organisation.
The young men, who have obtained uniforms of the well-known church, are piggy-backing on its good name by pocketing donations made to The Salvation Army.
Public Relations Secretary, Major Carin Holmes, said: “Anyone collecting on our behalf must have a permit issued by us, and their tins must be locked. It is extremely annoying and distressing when people use our good name and the good work that we do for their own benefit.”
The Salvation Army Madadeni Corps has been receiving donations from Shoprite/Checkers and Kentucky Fried Chicken in Newcastle, and using these to feed old people and poor children.
The modus operandi of the gang is to visit these outlets, claiming they are there to collect food and donations on behalf of The Salvation Army. They then disappear with their booty.
Major Naomi Malinga, commanding officer of the corps, says she fears that the young men may use their uniforms to hoodwink other people. The youngsters are known to the corps, having previously stayed at the Musawenkosi home for boys at Madadeni and were supposedly worshipping with The Salvation Army corps.
A case has been opened at the police station.
If you are aware of any suspicious activity, please contact your local police station or Major Malinga on 034-982-3113.
Major Holmes added that donations to The Salvation Army can be made directly into its bank account, which is:
Bank: First National Bank
Branch code: 251905
Account name: Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
Account number: 50540087604
Reference: Please give your name as a reference
Please send details of your monetary contribution to the Public Relations Secretary, CLICK HERE to email, or by telephone to 011-718-6745 so that your gift can be acknowledged.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God, and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs without discrimination.
The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres.
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Media Contact: Ruth Coggin
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Client Contact: Major Carin Holmes
Public Relations Secretary
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