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Major Carin Holmes, Territorial Public Relations Secretary of The Salvation Army, has warned the public to be on the lookout for a bogus representative of the organisation currently operating in the Krugersdorp / Roodepoort area.
The man wears the uniform of The Salvation Army, and claims to be a member of the Meadowlands Corps. However, he is not connected to The Salvation Army in any way, and is not authorised to collect funds on its behalf.
Major Holmes says that The Salvation Army no longer does street or door-to-door collections.
Anyone doing such collections, and claiming to be doing so on behalf of The Salvation Army, is acting fraudulently and, if caught, will be prosecuted.
She says that suspected bogus operators can be reported directly to her on 011-718-6745, or 082-994-4351.
Major Holmes says that The Salvation Army has clear channels through which members of the public can contribute to its work. Details of these can be found on its website, www.salvationarmy.org.za.
Alternatively, people can donate R30 per SMS by sending an SMS to the donations hotline, 42290, with one of the following words:
- BLANKET – for a contribution to purchase blankets;
- FOOD – for a contribution to a soup kitchen or similar outreach;
- CHILDREN – for a contribution to children’s ministries;
- ELDERLY – for a contribution to ministry for the elderly;
- REHABILITATION – for a contribution to a rehabilitation centre;
- TRAFFICKING – for a contribution to the fight against human trafficking.