DOROTHY was inspired to leave a gift in her Will after a childhood introduction to The Salvation Army followed by a later challenge in adulthood.
Dorothy’s mum would take her to the local park on Sunday afternoons to hear the band play.
“I was always fascinated by the shiny brass instruments,” Dorothy said.
“Whenever I think about that, I re-experience the lovely feeling their music engendered in me.”
However, it wasn’t until she was an adult and doing some soul-searching that Dorothy returned to The Salvation Army.
“I was made to feel very welcome and within about half an hour, I knew The Salvation Army was where I belonged,” she said.
Dorothy made a commitment and has been an official member for more than a decade.
“I am very proud to belong to The Salvation Army,” she said.
Dorothy has been involved with The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal and other fundraising initiatives, as well as volunteered at Christmas time with hampers and during natural disasters.
“What has struck me most with the Sallies (Salvos) is their down-to-earth attitude and their humanitarian care – they reach out with no judgment,” Dorothy said.
“The Salvation Army ethos relates to, and revolves around, people.”
Having seen the Salvos in action – caring for people in need – Dorothy decided to include a gift to The Salvation Army in her Will.
Dorothy said she was proud to be part of the special community of supporters called Honoured Friends.
“I hope my bequest to The Salvation Army will provide rehabilitation for somebody who desperately needs support with their drug and/or alcohol addiction,” she said.
“Addiction is a cunning, baffling and powerful disease.
“Rehabilitation can make the difference between living or dying.”
Dorothy spoke from experience about the challenges of addiction.
“There’s been a lot of trauma” she said.
“Wine ultimately became my solace, much to my detriment.”
Today, Dorothy calls herself a “recovering alcoholic” and has been sober for almost 20 years.
The Salvation Army values supporters like Dorothy and those who have generously included a gift in their Will.
This gift ensures Salvos will always be there to help Australians in crisis.
“It’s satisfying for me to know that my bequest will be used to further The Salvation Army’s rehabilitation services and save precious lives,” Dorothy said.
For more information about leaving a gift to The Salvation Army, phone 1800 337 082, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit salvationarmy.org.au/wills.