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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 13 August 2015) . . Page.. 2952 ..

Coming up very shortly, on Saturday week, 22 August, Jay Kickett, a previous captain of the club, is expected to take the field for Tuggeranong against Ainslie. Last week Jay equalled the record number of first-grade games for the Tuggeranong Hawks. On 22 August, when he plays against Ainslie, he is expected to overtake Jimmy Rice, who was the previous record holder for the most first-grade games. It is quite fitting that the Tuggeranong Hawks game will be against Ainslie, because Jimmy Rice is now the coach of Ainslie. So he will be there at the ground when Jay Kickett is expected to become the record holder for the number of first-grade games for the club.

I have spoken before about the great community atmosphere of the Tuggeranong Hawks Football Club. They consider themselves a family. That is one of the reasons they have been such a success in community football. I would like to congratulate and thank Annette Ellis, the president of the club; Pat McLinden, the patron; Nathan Costigan, the captain-coach; and other board members—Kym Lovett, who is vice-president and sponsorship director; Gerrit Wanganeen, football director; Karen Kidd, secretary; Brad Clark, treasurer; Tamara Sullivan, social committee; and Colin Blunden, junior operations.

If you can get out to the game, it is at Ainslie football club on 22 August. You can see Jay Kickett beat or take on the new record for the number of first-grade games.

Salvation Army red shield appeal

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (9.36): I am sure that at least once in our lives we have had a knock on the door from a Salvation Army officer asking for a charitable donation, perhaps more than one, or we have donated during their annual red shield appeal charity drives. The Salvation Army’s red shield appeal is celebrating its 50th year, and I had the pleasure of attending the red shield appeal thankyou function last Friday. The function was hosted by Major Gary Masters, who showed the successes in assisting the disadvantaged already achieved through community support and outlined his vision for how to meet community priorities in the future.

The ACT government are a strong supporter of the Salvation Army’s good works, having donated to the shield appeal for many years now, and we continue this support, with Minister Berry committing to provide $10,000 on behalf of the ACT government this year.

It is in this spirit that I would like to discuss the good works that the Salvation Army has been able to perform through the red shield appeal. As I am sure everybody in the chamber knows, last May the red shield appeal hosted many events to raise funds, including the red shield appeal doorknock and donation drives in public places.

The Salvation Army has a long and interesting history. Starting in London in 1865, the organisation expanded to Australia in 1880. Arising from Protestant Christian roots, the Salvation Army has championed many charitable aims, including breaking alcohol and drug dependence, along with providing refuge and assistance to those in need. Driven by religious belief, the Salvos profess a value for human dignity, justice, hope, compassion and community. With these values in mind, many thousands of people in Australia, including in the Canberra community, receive assistance from the Salvation Army and its volunteers.

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