The Salvation Army Bunbury Corps reflects upon 125 years in the area

Celebrating the milestone: Salvation Army Bunbury Corps candidate helper David Burbidge and lieutenant Harriet Farquhar. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Celebrating the milestone: Salvation Army Bunbury Corps candidate helper David Burbidge and lieutenant Harriet Farquhar. Photo: Thomas Munday.

The Salvation Army Bunbury Corps is celebrating 125 years of providing care and assistance in the community. 

The Salvos are holding a free brass band concert at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell at 2.30pm on Saturday, October 14. 

The event will include a sausage sizzle and drinks, with all proceeds going towards the Salvos’ Christmas Cheer appeal. 

Guests can bring tinned goods and toys to donate to the organisation’s 2017 Christmas Cheer hampers. 

The anniversary also includes an informal fish ‘n’ chips meal on Friday, October 13 for anyone associated with the corps, a sit-down meal on Saturday night and a worship session on Sunday. 

Salvation Army Lieutenant Harriet Farquhar has been with the Bunbury Corps for three-and-a-half years. 

Lt. Farquhar said the celebrations acknowledge the Salvos’ tireless efforts in the region since 1892.  

“I think too much in life we plod on and we keep doing what we’re doing what we’ve always done and sometimes it’s really nice to say: “Hey, we’re a family and let’s celebrate that we’ve been doing this for 125 years’,” she said. 

“It’s often quoted that we’re ‘Christianity with our sleeves rolled up’, and we’ve had our sleeves rolled up for all of that time in Bunbury and they’re a little bit grubby now and they’re not crisp and pristine [laughs]. 

“I think it’s important to acknowledge that we’ve been that visible face, that we’ve had our sleeves rolled up and we intend to keep them rolled up.” 

Lt Farquhar said the Salvos’ work would not be possible without the community’s support. 

She said the events highlighted connections made within the region. 

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