Our Guest Speaker Major Brendan Nottle from the Salvation Army team in Melbourne heads up Salvation Army social operations at the Melbourne 614 Centre in Bourke Street. Brendan has spoken at our Red Shield Appeal previously and he is most knowledgeable about the problems of homelessness and the needy in the city .Brendan outlined the remarkable work that he and a team of young volunteers were doing in the city after midnight most nights of the week helping those young people suffering from problems linked to alcohol abuse, drug addiction, loneliness as well as assisting the homeless. This year Brendan introduced two of his young managers who are working with their teams late at night in the city. Brad is responsible for the Salvation Army bus that operates in the city streets 4 nights a week helping young and old people with support and some sustenance and Lauren who manages a group of street teams that work in the city on Friday and Saturday evening from midnight providing support both emotional and practical for vulnerable young people. They both spoke about their roles and some of their anecdotes were rather unsettling as members were not fully aware of the serious issues faced by the young volunteers in our Melbourne streets.
Brendan also mentioned the support his team receives from BP Australia and Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in placing unemployed people into part time employment and the co-operation he receives from the Victorian Police in their dealings with the less fortunate citizens.
It was a pleasure to be able to hand Brendan donations totalling $4,615.00 for the ongoing work within the Salvation Army and the committee thanks our ANZROC members who so generously continue to support the work of the Salvation Army in Melbourne..
Here are some photos taken at the committee meeting prior to the lunch , photos from the lunch and a few shots from the 34th floor.