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!t v ||i « Ciia _8 Ni f. AL | .-¡' 0 rtind still needed ? If the British Red Cross could put a million into War | fa have accrued as a result of the trading of the Army and Navy Canteens, | vrhY* does it still find it necessary to appeal for large sums of money ? by those who are unacquainted with the facts, and it is therefore jj rjf £ ⢠J 1 jg fiends who have contributed to the War Fund or the Y.M.C.A, and 1 Ie help of the Association again. one ecause I I -interned and repatriated prisoners of war; thousands of pounds on free food and hot v Jj drinks for the sick and wounded, and men serving in advanced positions; thousands in jj providing Hostels for the relatives of the dangerously wounded or seriously ill; £ 318,628 g on writing paper and envelopes and stationery; and £ 250,000 for Hostels for Soldiers and B Sailors passing through London or Provincial Centres. Before and since the Armistice j[ |i many thousands of men have been transferred, free of charge, from station to station jf « or hut to hut by the Y.M.C.A. night motor transport in London alone. |§ g. Because the Armistice had an immediate effect in stopping the flow of subscriptions. B Up to that time the deficiency of liquid assets only amounted to £ 39,000. But heavy jj losses were incurred on contracts placed for huts, equipment, tents, writing paper, etc., g to the amount of many thousands of pounds all of which would have been essential had = the War continued, but which could not be cancelled. B The work also became much more costly after the signing of the Armistice, because it B was more scattered. From Salonica we had to extend to Constantinople, and away on to jj Batum, Tiflis and Baku in Southern Russia; also to centres on the Dardanelles and the jj » Danube, as well as in Serbia. From the Hindenburg line we followed up our victorious Jj troops to the cities of Belgium and away to the Ardennes and into Germany. t 10. Because from first to last the Y.M.C.A. has never had more money than would just jj suffice, with the most careful and economical administration, to meet urgent needs as they [1 arose. While the American Y.M.C.A. received £ 33,000,000 from the American public j| during the year and a half they were in the War, the British Y.M.C.A. kept its 5 years* ⢠jj expenditure down to approximately £ 6,500,000. Of that amount three millions were, jj received in subscriptions, and three from careful management on canteen sales and receipts jj ltjr for beds and billiards. §j II. Because it. has been found necessary to open many special centres for discharged and 1 demobilised men, and to provide training facilities for such. More than 20,000 have been |g placed in situations by the Y.M.C.A. Employment Bureau, and this has involved a highly B trained staff and heavy cost. B 12. Because the Y.M.C.A. has a record of past service of which any Association might be jj proud; but it has more-it has a programme for the future. It can play an important | part in the reconstruction of Britain, and of the Dominions overseas, but it cannot carry g out its full programme unIe-ss it receives adequate support. x B j Y.M.C.A. is still asking for money. The y W | >1 four thousand millions. Is it any wonder \==^ â t appeal to the public for haif-a-miiilon (one | Ingle day's war) ? | Association had it emerged from the War \=\ it8 honour to spend, on war work all its | Mtributed for that purpose? >/ I -q- ?_ i.