A business adaptation helps keep front-line workers safe.
A Salvo supporter on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula has converted his brewing business to mass-produce hand sanitiser and is supplying it free to Salvation Army community services.
Tim Page-Walker, the Bellarine and Greater Geelong Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal chairman, has adapted his business, Bellarine Brewing Company, to produce five-litre bottles of hand sanitiser to meet demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sanitiser is a World Health Organisation recommended formula.
“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Peter Hobbs, Bellarine Corps Officer (minister). “Our front-line workers at the Bellarine Salvo outreach van, the Geelong Salvo outreach van and SalvoConnect workers and clients in Barwon are in much need of extra protection.
“Tim was already thinking about adapting his brewery when we spoke to him about being low on sanitiser, so he made the change to meet the needs of local outreach workers and other businesses.”
When this issue of Warcry was completed on 31 March, Peter and his team had already minimised their community connections. “We still have a list of people who are really struggling, and we are dropping off essential items to them and keeping in touch from a distance... I am so grateful for Tim’s generosity [that allows us] to continue to serve people safely,” he said.
Tim’s connection with The Salvation Army was forged when Peter and his wife Diane arrived in the Bellarine Peninsula to establish a ministry.
Tim initially partnered with Peter and Diane to train young people in hospitality skills. In time, he began to reconnect with his own faith, stepping out to follow Jesus more boldly.
“I’ve always had a strong faith and connection to God and Jesus,” Tim said. “But I was, like many, very disillusioned with the churches through recent scandals and behaviours and so I distanced myself from the physical structures and that’s when I really started to become more and more involved with the Salvos because it’s not about the physical structures, it’s about getting out there and playing my part.”