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10 interesting facts about The Salvation Army which include the number 10,000

As we celebrate reaching a milestone of 10,000 Likes on Facebook, here are 10 interesting facts which include the number 10,000 and The Salvation Army - both at home and across the world.

1. Despite July’s scorching heatwave, fundraisers Estelle, Mitchell, Christopher, Gavin, John, Nirav  and Waine pounded the pavements of the capital during  the British 10k and Bupa 10,000 London for The Salvation Army UK and Ireland. Don’t forget that you can raise funds whilst challenging yourself and improving your fitness by taking part in a running event. Find out more about our 10k road races

2. Staff at Weaver Vale Housing Trust have raised nearly £10,000 for The Salvation Army over the past year. In July 2013, the Salvation Army Corps in Northwich and Winsford were chosen by staff at the Trust as their charity of the year. Over the past 12 months, staff at the Trust have raised £9,459.14 through activities including raffles, a sponsored head shave, cake sales, auctions and tea and toast mornings at their office in Gadbrook Park and at their independent living schemes.

3. This year, The Salvation Army’s USA Western Territory ran a 10,000 scoops campaign where for every one scoop of ice cream, $1 was donated to The Salvation Army at an event in Portland, Oregon. You can watch the challenge on YouTube again.

4. As of 14 June 2013, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services served 10,000 meals to victims impacted by the Black Forest Fire in Colorado. Read more

5. Pop star Robbie Williams’ mum Jan helped The Salvation Army collect  10,000 presents for needy children in North Staffordshire back in 2011.

6. More than 10,000 people Like Heilsarmee band ‘Takasa’ on Facebook. In May, the six-piece Salvation Army band performed in front of millions of people as they represented Switzerland at the Eurovision semi-finals in Malmö, Sweden.

7. On being announced as The Salvation Army’s 20th General, the new international leader General Andre Cox told more than 10,000 people from around the world watching via a live webcast that he was thankful to God but aware of the ‘awesome task that has been placed upon our shoulders’.

8. On February 22nd 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Christchurch, New Zealand, region, killing nearly 200 people and causing millions of dollars of damage, Programme Director Bob Wilkinson was given a $10,000 cheque from Grand Circle Foundation to present to The Salvation Army Canterbury Earthquake Appeal. "It's the kind of thing that makes me proud to work for Grand Circle," says Simon. "I like being part of a company that really cares about the people of the communities we visit."

9. In 2010, The Salvation Army Emergency Services personnel in Haiti installed a water purification system with the capability of providing 10,000 litres of clean water.

10. The Salvation Army Northland Singing Company in Kansas City, USA,  sang ‘10,000 Reasons’ from their Easter Musical in March. Watch it again on YouTube