STOP GIVING MONEY TO THE SALVOS!!
26 March, 2014
THE SALVATION ARMY IS NOT A NICE ORGANISATION.
The Salvation Army paid just $44,000 to Salvation Army Alkira/Indooroopilly Boys’ Home victim Lewis Blayse and his family ($14,000 being towards funeral costs) for lifetimes of poverty, despair, deprivation, and anguish.
It has refused to make further payments. Instead, it has said it will “pray” for the Blayse Family.
This is just more of the same contemptuous attitude the Salvation Army had displayed towards the Blayse Family (and other victims of its Homes) for years.
Institutions cannot destroy people’s lives and get off virtually scot-free.
It’s not the Australian way.
Until the Salvation Army demonstrates that it treats victims and their families with TRUE compassion and makes full compensation for losses, it is not a fit and proper organisation to receive public donations, corporate donations, or government funding/tax breaks.
The Salvation Army holds its annual Red Shield Appeal through May this year. Its doorknock appeal runs 24-25 May, 2014.
It has a nerve to be asking people to support it when it has treated victims like Lewis and his family so appallingly.
Lewis’s eldest child, Aletha Blayse, now calls on the Australian public to withhold ALL donations to the Salvation Army through its Red Shield Appeal and other fundraising initiatives until such time as it:
(a) Pays full compensation for the loss of earning potential in Lewis Blayse’s life due to the disabilities he had because of the abuses perpetrated upon him at the Salvation Army Alkira Boys’ Home;
(b) Pays full compensation for Lewis Blayse’s pain and suffering from his experiences at Alkira;
(c) Pays full compensation for Lewis’s wife’s (Sylvia Blayse) loss of career from having to look after Lewis for the years she did, and her pain and suffering;
(d) Pays full compensation to Lewis’s surviving children for the pain and suffering they endured and the losses they experienced throughout their lifetimes because of Lewis’s disabilities and suffering; and
(e) Does all these things for EVERY SINGLE ONE of the 30,000 people who went through Australian Salvation Army Homes and their families who suffered in similar ways to Lewis and his family.
Aletha also calls upon the Australian government to immediately cease all funding to the Salvation Army and remove any tax benefits it enjoys until such time as it does all these things.
Finally, she calls on all of the Salvation Army’s corporate partners or sponsors (http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/get-involved/Corporate-Support/) to withdraw their funding/assistance to the Salvation Army until such time as it does all these things.
Bring the Salvation Army to account!
Show you care about victims and their families.
Show you DON’T PUT UP WITH THUGS who refuse to do the right thing.
Media Enquiries: Aletha Blayse (www.lewisblayse.net)
SIGN THE PETITION: DEMAND TRUE JUSTICE FOR LEWIS AND HIS FAMILY: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/andre-cox-deliver-justice-to-lewis-blayse-and-his-family?utm_medium=email&utm_source=promoted_petitions&utm_campaign=promoted_petition_activation
SUPPORT ALETHA’S PUBLIC PROTEST: Join Aletha in her public protest outside the Royal Commission at the next Salvation Army hearings during the week beginning Monday 31 March, 2014. (Upon request, Aletha has provided a formal statement to the Royal Commission about how badly Lewis and his family were treated, and by which people in the Salvation Army, and is keen to talk about this to anyone who wants to know more.)
WATCH THIS VIDEO: See why Aletha is so angry: http://lewisblayse.net/public-memorial-1-march-2014/
TELL THE SALVATION ARMY HOW YOU FEEL:
Email Peter Farthing, who’s coordinating the Salvation Army’s response to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email James Condon, Salvation Army Eastern Territorial (NSW, QLD, ACT) head: email@example.com
Email Andre Cox, the world head of the Salvation Army: firstname.lastname@example.org
TELL THE SALVATION ARMY’S AUSTRALIAN CORPORATE SPONSORS HOW YOU FEEL: http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/get-involved/Corporate-Support/
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