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When good people get together to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with a wide range of difficulties that for them seem insurmountable, you get a good sense of the kind of community you live in. And our Canberra one makes us proud in so many ways.
The occasion was the launch of the annual Red Shield Appeal with a lunch at the National Press Club hosted by Chairman of the Fundraising Committee Peter Leahy with his committee members hosting tables and the guest speaker for the launch Australian of the Year 2016 David Morrison.
And dare I say it, but he was upstaged just a tad by ‘Georgia’. A recipient of the care and support of the Oasis Crises Accommodation Youth Services arm of this army that has been quietly and non judgmentally providing an extensive range of care for so many years with Georgia talking for the first time about what led to the need and how it was a major turning point in a life that could have been cut short. It was a heartfelt address, delivered so well and bringing this audience into the real world of youth in crises. It’s never easy to listen to stories of self harming, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessnes and an eventual diagnosis of bi-polar disorder. This after an early life as a carer from the age of 7 explains so much but does not mitigate the enormity of the problems so many face, but Georgia has and will thrive.
David Morrison engaged in some interesting badinage with Peter Leahy, which showed that army blokes keep friendships and opportunities to help each other to support good causes ever present and gave an insight into the influences, stories and experiences that have made the Salvation Army an integral part of army life and more particularly in their role with our defence force personnel in all theatres.
Taking on the role of MC for this launch in the absence of Virginia Hausegger who had a dose of the flu that kept her away from the podium she handles so well for this annual event, Peter Leahy kept the ball rolling, encouraged donations and volunteering for the 28-29 of May for the doorknock and left us with a line that was appropriate for what we’d heard; he would always “have Georgia on his mind”.