Sony Foundation and The Salvation Army have had an incredible partnership over the past decade, working together to provide disadvantaged youth with a better future. The partnership began in 2003, with Sony Foundation supporting The Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Support Network.
Since then, the relationship has evolved into one primarily focused on disaster relief.
Queensland Floods – Providing a beacon of hope
In January 2011, devastating floods tore through southern Queensland and NSW leaving a trail of grief, loss and destruction. Within a matter of days, Sony Music Chairman and CEO Denis Handlin AM had mobilised staff to release the charity CD, “FLOOD RELIEF – Artists for the Flood Appeal”. It raised a staggering $2 million for The Salvation Army’s Flood Appeal and together, it was decided a youth and community centre would be built in Ipswich using the funds raised.
In October 2013, SoundPoint Youth and Community Centre was opened in Goodna. Since then, SoundPoint has evolved into a community hub, with a number of vital programs and services offered to local residents. These include:
- Legal Aid
- Employment Aid
- Alternative Education
- Counselling services and a newly introduced Anger Management Course
- MMAD Street Dreams dance classes
- PlayStation Days
- ‘Little Chefs’ cooking workshops for children
- Community barbeques
- Outreach Skate, Scooter and BMX Comps
A highlight of 2014 included a special SoundPoint Street Party performance by Sony Music artist and Sony Foundation ambassador Taylor Henderson.