Our £45,000 mission: Salvation Army Volunteers to mark 20 year anniversary with ambitious project

SPECIAL APPEAL: Children in Ukraine who have been helped by the work of the Vision of Hope mission

SPECIAL APPEAL: Children in Ukraine who have been helped by the work of the Vision of Hope mission

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SALVATION Army volunteers from Winton have spent 20 years raising money for the poor of Ukraine.

And they are to mark the anniversary with an ambitious, £45,000 mission to help in some of the country’s most deprived areas.

Dave Ramsay, deputy bandmaster at Winton Salvation Army, established the Vision of Hope Ukraine Mission in 1994, after Bournemouth Salvation Army played host to a visiting choir from Moscow. They initially got involved with providing instruments for a music school.

In the intervening years, the mission has run children’s clubs and foot care services, supported feeding programmes for the elderly and helped renovate orphanages, TB sanatoriums, old people’s homes and Salvation Army social centres.

“The Winton Corps have been fantastic in supporting the mission,” said Dave.

“The community centre in Winton is really thriving and a lot of things we do in the centre have been taken over to Ukraine, like foot care and assisted bathing.”

This year, they will help with a kids’ club in Dnipropetrovsk and a building project at the Salvation Army Social Centre in Mayak, the poorest area of Kiev.

They will also be working on a social project in Poroshova, a small town of Romany gypsies in the Carpathian mountains, where the team will provide social care to the community and activities for over 200 children.

“As in our country, the Roma gypsies are shunned by society,” said Dave.

The mission will cost around £45,000, with each team member responsible for raising at least £700.

Ukraine is going through political and social turmoil, with the government cracking down on protesters demanding it aligns more closely with the EU rather than Russia.

Dave said many parts of the country remained very poor. “There have been improvements but it’s all on the surface. The ordinary people are really struggling, especially at the moment with the demonstrations,” he said.

“We’ve had a lot of young people who’ve gone and it’s no exaggeration to say it’s changed their lives because it’s put everything into perspective for them.”

  • A fundraising concert for the Vision of Hope Ukraine Mission will be held at 7pm on Saturday March 1 at the Winton Corps of the Salvation Army.

It will feature the Bournemouth Area Fellowship Band; the Dance Group of the Winton Corps; Ross and Fiona Mercer of Boscombe Corps and the International Staff Songsters; and the euphonium soloist John Starkes of Boscombe Salvation Army and Woodfalls Brass Band.

Tickets cost £4 from Winton Salvation Army or by ringing 01202 517989.

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10:19am Sun 16 Feb 14

downmoor-ch63 says...

AT LAST SOMEBODY IS DOING SOMETHING FOR PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED HELP, AT HOME OR ABROAD, NOT FILLING CORRUPT POLITICIANS POCKETS, OR FEEDING ARMYS, WHILE CIVILIANS, MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN GO HUNGRY, THE SALVATION ARMY, GIVE YOUR MONEY TO THEM, AND YOU WILL KNOW ITS GETTING TO THOSE THAT NEED IT MOST. I FORGOT THE COUNTRIES THAT ARE SENDING ROCKETS TO THE MOON, OR HAVE THE A-BOMB.
AT LAST SOMEBODY IS DOING SOMETHING FOR PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED HELP, AT HOME OR ABROAD, NOT FILLING CORRUPT POLITICIANS POCKETS, OR FEEDING ARMYS, WHILE CIVILIANS, MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN GO HUNGRY, THE SALVATION ARMY, GIVE YOUR MONEY TO THEM, AND YOU WILL KNOW ITS GETTING TO THOSE THAT NEED IT MOST. I FORGOT THE COUNTRIES THAT ARE SENDING ROCKETS TO THE MOON, OR HAVE THE A-BOMB. downmoor-ch63
  • Score: -5

11:43am Sun 16 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

What about the needy ones in our own country.
What about the needy ones in our own country. pete woodley
  • Score: 6

4:18pm Sun 16 Feb 14

downmoor-ch63 says...

pete woodley wrote:
What about the needy ones in our own country.
I HAVE THE NOTION THAT YOU WERE UNABLE TO READ WHAT I WROTE PETE, IF YOU LOOK AGAIN, IT SAYS FOR PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED HELP, AND THEN WE GET TO THE POINT, WHICH WAS, AT HOME OR ABROAD, WHICH INCLUDES THE SUFFERING GOING ON ALSO IN THE U.K.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: What about the needy ones in our own country.[/p][/quote]I HAVE THE NOTION THAT YOU WERE UNABLE TO READ WHAT I WROTE PETE, IF YOU LOOK AGAIN, IT SAYS FOR PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED HELP, AND THEN WE GET TO THE POINT, WHICH WAS, AT HOME OR ABROAD, WHICH INCLUDES THE SUFFERING GOING ON ALSO IN THE U.K. downmoor-ch63
  • Score: -2

6:12pm Sun 16 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

dont shout
dont shout pete woodley
  • Score: 12

2:59am Mon 17 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

downmoor-ch63 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
What about the needy ones in our own country.
I HAVE THE NOTION THAT YOU WERE UNABLE TO READ WHAT I WROTE PETE, IF YOU LOOK AGAIN, IT SAYS FOR PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED HELP, AND THEN WE GET TO THE POINT, WHICH WAS, AT HOME OR ABROAD, WHICH INCLUDES THE SUFFERING GOING ON ALSO IN THE U.K.
Who cares what YOU wrote? (no-one wants or will read FULL CAPS SHOUTING anyway!)
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Everyone has THEIR opinion and THEIR comment!
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NONE OF US ARE OBLIGED TO READ YOUR FILTH FIRST!
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I agree with pete. I applaud a lot of the work the SA do but we have our own casualties to deal with first. Starting with the flood victims in THIS COUNTRY who have lost there homes.
[quote][p][bold]downmoor-ch63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: What about the needy ones in our own country.[/p][/quote]I HAVE THE NOTION THAT YOU WERE UNABLE TO READ WHAT I WROTE PETE, IF YOU LOOK AGAIN, IT SAYS FOR PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED HELP, AND THEN WE GET TO THE POINT, WHICH WAS, AT HOME OR ABROAD, WHICH INCLUDES THE SUFFERING GOING ON ALSO IN THE U.K.[/p][/quote]Who cares what YOU wrote? (no-one wants or will read FULL CAPS SHOUTING anyway!) . Everyone has THEIR opinion and THEIR comment! . NONE OF US ARE OBLIGED TO READ YOUR FILTH FIRST! . I agree with pete. I applaud a lot of the work the SA do but we have our own casualties to deal with first. Starting with the flood victims in THIS COUNTRY who have lost there homes. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -10

9:52am Mon 17 Feb 14

Baywolf says...

What about the poor in the UK? The government sends 10 billion a year in foreign aid is that not enough? That same money can help those in need from the forced austerity imposed on the old infirm and needy ..charity begins at home
What about the poor in the UK? The government sends 10 billion a year in foreign aid is that not enough? That same money can help those in need from the forced austerity imposed on the old infirm and needy ..charity begins at home Baywolf
  • Score: -1

2:12pm Mon 17 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

We often are asked to give donations to Africa,then we read Mandelas estate is worth £4 million pounds,not bad for an ex terrorist.
We often are asked to give donations to Africa,then we read Mandelas estate is worth £4 million pounds,not bad for an ex terrorist. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Tue 18 Feb 14

BOU-RNE-MOUTH says...

I'd recommend this mission to anyone.
Whether you are a student, skilled plumber or reaching retirement, it is a fantastically rewarding experience.
I have been over three times and have gained so much more than I feel I have given. It is a lot of hard work, conditions will be less than desirable, but the difference and friendships you make are so worth it. If something like this may interest you, definitely get in touch with David.

Adrian.
I'd recommend this mission to anyone. Whether you are a student, skilled plumber or reaching retirement, it is a fantastically rewarding experience. I have been over three times and have gained so much more than I feel I have given. It is a lot of hard work, conditions will be less than desirable, but the difference and friendships you make are so worth it. If something like this may interest you, definitely get in touch with David. Adrian. BOU-RNE-MOUTH
  • Score: 1

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